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I am able to spindown my SATA HDDs by using

sudo hdparm -y /dev/sdc

The state shown by

sudo hdparm -C /dev/sdc

changes from active/idle to standby (and I can hear the HDD spin down).

However, using

sudo hdparm -S5 /dev/sdc

doesn't spin down the drive after 5*5 = 25secs.

Some additional information:

  • AHCI is enabled.
  • I am using Western Digital Green drives.
  • APM_level = not supported
  • Filesystem is ext4

Edit: This question is not a duplicate to How can I control HDD spin down time? because it addresses Western Digital Green drives, which will not work with hdparm.

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You may need to set Advanced Power Management to something lower then 128 first, as high values (128-254) do not allow spin-down. Try sudo hdparm -B 127 /dev/sdc. –  mikewhatever Oct 4 '12 at 18:55
    
hdparm -B doesn't work, because APM_level = not supported on the HDDs. –  squarebracket Oct 5 '12 at 2:40
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After more research, it seems that the -B and -S options of hdparm just doesn't work with certain Western Digital (and maybe other) drives.

This includes my WD10EADS, WD10EACS and WD20EARX.

I found a solution: hd-idle

A helpful guide to installing and configuring hd-idle on ubuntu can be found here (it's in german, but the commands are pretty self-explanatory)

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WD30EZRS and WD30EZRX are also affected. –  Martin von Wittich Sep 16 '13 at 20:50
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The ubuntu way seems to be the laptop mode*

How to:

apt-get install laptop-mode-tools

Afterwards you are able to configure individual power/standby settings through

vim /etc/hdparm.conf

And check your current laptop mode state with:

cat /proc/sys/vm/laptop_mode

If you want to know more:

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This won't work for Western Digital Green drives. –  squarebracket yesterday
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