Forcing HDD spindown

Konstantin Svist fry.kun at
Wed Nov 2 00:42:00 UTC 2011

On 11/01/2011 02:03 PM, Christopher Svanefalk wrote:
> Dear all,
> one problem I have on my system is the frequency with which the kernel 
> winds up the HDD. It is hot almost constantly, and never seems to 
> power down. Is there anything I can do (aside from deactivating 
> updatedb and the like) in order to force the system to a minimal use 
> of the HDD?

If it's a laptop, I would check for dust in the heat exchangers -- if 
it's plugged up, then laptop would definitely heat up.

Also have a look at Laptop Mode Tools (only recommended for laptop, mind!)

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