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HARD DISK TUNING

Postby brotherhood on Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:10 pm

HI There

Just enquirying about this HARD DISK TUNING(hdparm) that i just saw inside service settings . what is for ? what does it do ?
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Re: HARD DISK TUNING

Postby Andy Mack on Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:13 pm

All I know is that it stops my laptop drive from clicking and driving me mad.

Not very technical but sure someone else knows more if not i'm sure google would have an answer.
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Re: HARD DISK TUNING

Postby ed@Mint on Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:13 pm

Hi brotherhood,

The hdparm command is used to set specific parameters for your hard disks.
For more information on the command, you can type in a terminal :
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man hdparm
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Re: HARD DISK TUNING

Postby brotherhood on Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:21 pm

Thanks guyz
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Re: HARD DISK TUNING

Postby MagnusB on Tue Apr 08, 2008 3:51 pm

It is a very powerful tool, messing mindlessly about with it can potentially break your HDD, so you are warned. But also an incredible useful tool.
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Re: HARD DISK TUNING

Postby ed@Mint on Tue Apr 08, 2008 4:09 pm

MagnusB wrote:It is a very powerful tool, messing mindlessly about with it can potentially break your HDD, so you are warned. But also an incredible useful tool.

You're right to point that out.

I'm currently trying to figure out some stuff with hdparm which i need to use for some problem with my HDD.
I've found something that is quite more comprehensive than the manpage :wink:
http://gentoo-wiki.com/HOWTO_Use_hdparm_to_improve_IDE_device_performance#Making_the_hdparm_options_permanent
This is Gentoo relative, but it should work the same.
The only thing that changes is the config file for hdparm, so make sure to replace /etc/conf.d/hdparm by /etc/hdparm.conf

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Re: HARD DISK TUNING

Postby Fred on Tue Apr 08, 2008 9:58 pm

MagnusB wrote:
It is a very powerful tool, messing mindlessly about with it can potentially break your HDD, so you are warned. But also an incredible useful tool.


This bears repeating. I would dare say as many hard drives have been damaged by hdparm as have been helped.

Make sure you know what you are doing before using it.

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Re: HARD DISK TUNING

Postby MagnusB on Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:54 am

By the way Fred, use:
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to get:
MagnusB wrote:blah blah blah

And it is nice to see that someone thinks I come with a wise word on occasion :)
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Re: HARD DISK TUNING

Postby Fred on Wed Apr 09, 2008 8:59 am

MagnusB,

lol... on more than one occasion my friend... many more than one. :-)

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PS: Thanks for the tip... I forget.
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Re: HARD DISK TUNING

Postby MagnusB on Wed Apr 09, 2008 9:05 am

I've been posting on boards for so long the BBCODE is programmed in to my fingertips :)
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