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I'm having a problem with my computer running Ubuntu server 12.04, I have an external USB HDD plugged in for samba file sharing but after a few hours not using samba the USB HDD goes to sleep. When I try to use my samba share again I en up with an Input-Output error. How could I prevent the HDD from going into sleep (always spinning)?

PS: I mount my HDD to a folder in /media/ at every boot using fstab

Any help would be appreciated.

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hdparm -B255 /dev/sdX will help as this disables the spindown.

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