Well, perhaps not directly LMDE's fault, or even Linux, but.. it is a critical issue. Western Digital drives and the 8-second "IntelliPark" (or rather "StupiPark") issue. And though initially thought to affect the Scorpio Green drives, I've managed to confirm first hand that my ~1 week old laptop with Scorpio Blue 1TB drive is affected. And after a little research found several other Blues affected (recent, and same firmware version), and at least 1 other WD Scorpio Black affected!
I had to disable the feature on the drive's firmware using "idle3ctl" from "idle3tools" package (reverse-engineered from WD's wdidle3 DOS tool), to stop my drive from parking itself silly (it accumulated 3244 Load Cycle count in a few hours - tens of hours use, which was mostly on AC Power!). When I realized it, I was in LMDE, and after few minutes seeing it continuously rise, I immediately disabled it. Should've probably compared the Load Cycle increase rate to Win7 (since I'm dual-booting), but perhaps to be done later.
So for now, it'd be wise to keep an eye on this (critical) bug report on hdparm
, which have yet to be "quirked", at least for these drives and perhaps some Seagates (especially the Momentus drives):
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+sour ... bug/969165
Sorry to nag, but this is even more serious, related issue, as it has to do with frequent HDD spin-downs (Start_Stop_Count), which are typically limited to 50,000 for a drive's lifespan, unlike head parking (Load_Cycle_Count) which typically go from 600,000 to 800,000 or a million.
Bug 952556 on Ubuntu Precise & Quantual
fixed hdparm frequent spin-down issue in hdparm_9.37-0ubuntu4. Changelog
hdparm (9.37-0ubuntu4) quantal; urgency=low
* debian/hdparm-functions, debian/95hdparm-apm: set our spindown policy
back to -B128 instead of -B127. Too many drives misbehave too badly
with this setting, possibly leading to drive failure. We should revisit
this once we understand why people's drives are spinning back *up* so
frequently. LP: #952556.
-- Steve Langasek <firstname.lastname@example.org
> Mon, 30 Apr 2012 23:04:05 -0700
hdparm is contradicting
itself in /usr/lib/pm-utils/power.d/95hdparm-apm (Using LMDE+UP5
, kernel 3.2+45, hdparm 9.39-1+b1)
The head of the file says:
# This script adjusts hard drive APM settings using hdparm. The hardware
# defaults (usually hdparm -B 127) cause excessive head load/unload cycles
# on many modern hard drives. We therefore set hdparm -B 254 while on AC
# power. On battery we set hdparm -B 127, because the head parking is
# very useful for shock protection.
It is obviously confusing -B 127 (which permits spin-down) with APM (-B 128) permitting PM (including head-parking) but not spin-down.
For instance, on my WD Scorpio Blue WD10JPVT, which had idle3 in its firmware modified from default 8sec to 180sec (3min) using `idle3ctl` (or wdidle3 in DOS!), I'm parking at an acceptable rate with the default PM level of 128, when on battery, without spin-downs, just as I wanted.
# hdparm -I /dev/sda | grep Advanced
Advanced power management level: 128
* Advanced Power Management feature set
# hdparm -I /dev/sda | grep -i standby
Standby timer values: spec'd by Standard, with device specific minimum
Shouldn't LMDE follow suit and change back to -B 128? Or should this be reported upstream (debian)?