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Ubuntu Causing Laptop HDD Failure

 
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 31, 2007 1:56 pm    Post subject: Ubuntu Causing Laptop HDD Failure Reply with quote

Has there been an update to this Ubuntu kills laptop HDDs story? It keeps popping up but I havenít seen anything else on it in a while. Anyone?

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When switching to battery power, /etc/acpi/power.sh issues the command hdparm -B 1 to all block devices. This leads to extremely frequent load cycles. For example, my new thinkpad has already done well over 7000 load cycles -- in only 100 hours. That's at least one unloading per minute. Googling for "load unload cycles notebook OR laptop" shows that most laptop drives handle up to 600,000 such cycles. As these values clearly show, this issue is of high importance and should be fixed sooner rather than later.

Please see for yourself how often your drive is load cycling:
smartctl -d ata -a /dev/sda
(This command is for an SATA drive; you'll need to install the smartmontools package first.)

See also http://paul.luon.net/journal/hacking/BrokenHDDs.html for a rather dramatic account of the effects the current default values may have.

Just in case the load/unload timeout depends on the specific laptop or disk model, here are my system specifications:
ThinkPad Z60m & Hitachi HTS541080G9SA00 disk (80GB)


Solution:

99-hdd-spin-fix.sh
https://launchpad.net/bug59695.html

Code:

An alternative to the "99-hdd-spin-fix.sh" fix is to install and enable the package laptop-mode-tools, then customize /etc/laptop-mode/laptop-mode.conf, setting

CONTROL_HD_POWERMGMT=1
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