IBM Deskstar 5 HD spins down too fast
Posted on 1998-01-09
This ought to be fairly simple, but it's stumped me.
I recently purchased a 6.4gig IBM Deskstar 5 hard drive for use under Linux, but it spins down after about 15 seconds of disuse. This causes intolerable pauses while I'm working as the drive spins up to look for another command, and then promptly spins down again. The IBM storage page claims that the spindown speed is adjustable "via standard ATA commands", but I can't find anything that will let me change the spindown rate. I need it to be *at least* two minutes for it to be workable. I had a similar problem with a Quantum Bigfoot that I returned (it had a spindown of almost exactly 60 seconds, and a very long spin-up time); the IBM has replaced it, and the problem has gotten worse. Am I just having rotten luck with hard drives, or is there something simple I'm missing? I don't have this problem with either my Quantum Fireball 3.2gig or my Connor 1.2 (neither of them spins down at all, as far as I can tell)