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laptop hard disk etiquette



There is a bit of buzz at the moment about
ubuntu affecting laptop hard drives reliability:
https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/acpi-support/+bug/59695

If I run the following on my F7 laptop while it's plugged in:

    while true; do
        smartctl -A /dev/sda |
        grep -F Load_Cycle_Count |
        tr -s ' ' | cut -d ' ' -f 2,10
        sleep 10
    done

I get:

    Load_Cycle_Count 351489
    Load_Cycle_Count 351491
    Load_Cycle_Count 351493
    Load_Cycle_Count 351495
    Load_Cycle_Count 351498

Which is about once every 4 seconds or so.
As mentioned in the bug report I can turn this
off by doing `hdparm -B 255 /dev/sda`

Should anything be changed for the F8 release?

cheers,
Pádraig.



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