Re: Mysterious drive access and battery life
On Tue, 17 Dec 2002 16:47:35 -0800
Michael Hope <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hi Mark. I had a fiddle with my machine a month ago, and here's what I
> 1. Most accesses are due to updating the file access time. Turning
> this off gets rid of alot of redundant writes. To turn it off, add the
> 'noatime' flag to your fstab and either reboot or re-mount the
> 2. On Ext2 and probably XFS you can use the noflushd daemon. This
> changes the kernel operation so that dirty data isn't flushed to the
> hard disk unless the disk is running. This could lead to lost data and
> doesn't work with Ext3 or Reiser.
> -- Michael
Thanks for your response! I added noatime to the relevant fstab line:
/dev/hda11 / ext2 errors=remount-ro,noatime 0 1
but the drive still clicks to life every now and then. This is no good! Will noflushd have any more luck than hdparm?