External hard drive does not spin down anymore

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External hard drive does not spin down anymore

Post by chrisra » Fri Mar 09, 2018 11:39 am

Hi everyone,

I'm running Linux Mint 17.3, on a Dell XPS 13 (inxi output attached.) I have an Iomega external hard drive, shows up in lsusb like this:

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Bus 002 Device 062: ID 059b:0576 Iomega Corp.
I used to be that this drive automatically spun down after a while of not being used. But recently, this has stopped being the case. Just unmounting doesn't do it either, I have use the "safely remove" option in Nemo, or unplug it. Do you know what could cause this?


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System:    Host: simmel Kernel: 4.4.0-109-generic x86_64 (64 bit gcc: 4.8.4)
           Desktop: Cinnamon 2.8.8 (Gtk 3.10.8) Distro: Linux Mint 17.3 Rosa
Machine:   System: Dell product: XPS 13 9343
           Mobo: Dell model: 0310JH v: A00 Bios: Dell v: A05 date: 07/14/2015
CPU:       Dual core Intel Core i7-5500U (-HT-MCP-) cache: 4096 KB
           flags: (lm nx sse sse2 sse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 ssse3 vmx) bmips: 9577
           clock speeds: max: 3000 MHz 1: 2515 MHz 2: 2578 MHz 3: 2428 MHz
           4: 2462 MHz
Graphics:  Card: Intel Broadwell-U Integrated Graphics bus-ID: 00:02.0
           Display Server: X.Org 1.15.1 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa)
           Resolution: 1920x1200@60.0hz
           GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel Broadwell
           GLX Version: 3.0 Mesa 10.1.3 Direct Rendering: Yes
Audio:     Card-1 Intel Wildcat Point-LP High Definition Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:1b.0
           Card-2 Intel Broadwell-U Audio Controller
           driver: snd_hda_intel bus-ID: 00:03.0
           Card-3 Logitech Headset H340 driver: USB Audio usb-ID: 002-061
           Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.4.0-109-generic
Network:   Card: Broadcom BCM4352 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter
           driver: wl bus-ID: 02:00.0
           IF: wlan0 state: up mac: <filter>
Drives:    HDD Total Size: 512.1GB (80.1% used)
           ID-1: /dev/sda model: SAMSUNG_SSD_PM85 size: 512.1GB
Partition: ID-1: / size: 46G used: 26G (59%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
           ID-2: /home size: 424G used: 357G (89%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda5
RAID:      No RAID devices: /proc/mdstat, md_mod kernel module present
Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 56.0C mobo: 53.5C
           Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info:      Processes: 254 Uptime: 5 days Memory: 5341.0/7514.7MB
           Init: Upstart runlevel: 2 Gcc sys: 4.8.5
           Client: Shell (bash 4.3.111) inxi: 2.2.28 

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Re: External hard drive does not spin down anymore

Post by thx-1138 » Fri Mar 09, 2018 1:09 pm

...try tweaking 'Drive Settings' from within the Disks utility. If that still doesn't do the trick as scheduled (it should), then you could alternatively use hdparm (eg. like this etc...)

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