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Laptop freezes on battery Dell Inspiron 3521 - Ubuntu 13.10 Gnome shell 3.10

I am running Ubuntu 13.10, Gnome shell - 3.10 on Dell Inspiron 3521 (bought almost one year ago). Initially it worked fine, but now laptop is suddenly freezing. Nothing works then, no mouse, no ...
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unable to edit settings for dirty memory

Ive been reading for quite some time on trying to edit the dirty memory settings and for some reason i cant save changes to any of the files even when I use sudo. The biggest reason I want to change ...
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Scheduled Power On/Off of 2nd HDD

im using a ubuntu 13.10 Server. I want to switch off the 2nd HDD completely and only power it up once a week to back up the system+data from the 1st HDD. I know how to use crontab, but I dont know how ...
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usb drive spin down

I have 2 usb hdd drives connected to my notebook with ubuntu 14.04, each of them spin down after ~10minutes. I need to make them always in active mode (no spin down). I tried sdparm and hd-idle, but ...
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1answer
241 views

Desktop hard drive won't spin down according to settings

I have a desktop machine with two SSDs, one each with Windows 8.1 and Ubuntu 13.10, and one HDD which contains a single NTFS partition on which I throw big files. It actually only rarely gets used and ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 Samsung HD204UI Spin-Up-Time Fail after Suspend

Samsung's HD204UI 2 Tbyte EcoDrives are known for their slow Spin-Up-Time, so I didn't really wonder about a recent SMART failure, after suspend, in the Spin-Up-Time category. Now there is a ...
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Kernel resetting SATA link

On current (k)ubuntu saucy I see occasionally on my Lenovo Thinkpad T520 with dmesg: [23391.818508] ata4: exception Emask 0x10 SAct 0x0 SErr 0x4040000 action 0xe frozen [23391.818513] ata4: irq_stat ...
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Causes of and how to minimize damage from forced shut downs?

Backstory: Since running 12.04 LTS, my computer has experienced two sudden losses of power; one due to my ham-fisted attempt to reboot and one due to a battery-less power cable disconnection. Both ...
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How can I find out the current drive spin-down time?

I'm interested in manually adjusting my hard drives' spin-down times with hdparm -S to make them quieter at night. The first thing I need to know is what their current spin-down times are, to use as a ...
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544 views

Good spindown for HDD on Media/NAS server

I am running a small media server that also doubles as a NAS drive in my house. I use it to host my Plex library along with my Subsonic library for Roku and my Droid's. It's a real simple ATOM server ...
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1answer
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Where did the “Safe Removal” in the Disks (Disk Utility) application go in 12.10?

In the Disk Utility in 12.04, there is a "Safe Removal" option for removable hard drives. In the equivalent Disks utility in 12.10, this option has disappeared. Where did it go? How do I safely ...
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686 views

find out which process wakes my hard drive from sleep state

I have an external drive connected to my computer, I want this drive to be in sleep mode unless i'm executing some backup tool. For some reason, after 14 minutes I think, the hard drive always wakes ...
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Reducing power consumption of second HDD

I'm getting a laptop tomorrow with an SSD as the primary (operating system) drive, and I will be putting my old laptop's HDD into it as a secondary drive for holding music etc. Since HDDs use power ...
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1answer
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Will computer being shut down due to power failure affect my system files, or speed in any way? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How resilient is Ubuntu to repeated “power-off” shutdowns? I've asked before as well but need to confirm again, in my country there are a lot of electricity ...
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2answers
651 views

is it true that ubuntu effect on hdd longevity?

is it true that "Ubuntu May Be Killing my Laptop's Hard Drive"?? Please explain(if possible). http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/07/10/30/1742258/ubuntu-may-be-killing-your-laptops-hard-drive ...
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2answers
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Put HDDs in standby after X minutes using hdparm doesn't work

I use Ubuntu 12.04 on a home server. There are 5 hard drives: one SSD with the OS and 4 HDDs (Samsung HD204UI) configured as a RAID5 using mdadm. I don't need the RAID very often (say, about once per ...
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3answers
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How can I turn off hard disk power management in 12.04?

In Ubuntu 12.04 the power management does not allow control of hard disk spinning preferences. As a result, when the laptop is on battery the hard disk continues to stop spinning to save power. I ...
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1answer
484 views

Is the HDD spinning when it is unmounted?

Have a PC with multiple HDDs some used only for backup. Should I leave them unmounted? IS the power consumption less when the HDD is unmounted? Do the HDDs spin when unmounted? Thanks a lot
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907 views

How to determine / make sure whether hard-disks have spun down when using “hdparm” options?

I want to spin down some hard-disks when they are idle. So I used hdparm package. In the /etc/hdparm.conf I added following lines: command_line { hdparm -Ss 241 /dev/sda } My intention was to spin ...
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1answer
5k views

Enabling the power management for SATA link [duplicate]

After tearing down my laptop, I came to know that most of the heating issue in my laptop is caused by HDD. Powertop is also showing the same problem. I am seeing significantly cooling after activating ...
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How can I control HDD spin down time?

I have 2 HDDs in my PC. Ubuntu is turning off the secondary HDD very quickly after about 15 minutes, which is short for me. I need to control this time. How can I do it? I tried GNOME power ...
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1answer
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Unmounted disk still spins up regularly

I just added a disk, with partitions but none of them are mounted. The disk will still spin up every now and then. it goes like this: ### disk spins up hdparm -Y /dev/sdb;date /dev/sdb: issuing ...
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Are there tools to manage the power management for HDD?

I wonder if there are a better tool than the panel at System → Preferences → Power Management to manage the power consumption for the HDD. Specifically HDD in a laptop.