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#1 2012-11-10 19:59:17

Registered: 2011-10-15
Posts: 397

HOWTO: Use hdparm on an external USB hard drive

I have an external USB hard drive 3.5" that is placed into a enclosure. I want to set  the standby (spindown) timeout for the drive to disabled. I know that it can be done using following command:

hdparm -S 0 /dev/sdb

but previous to do it I would like to know which is the current setting for standby (spindown) timeout. How to do this?

Also, when retrieving detailed information from device by using:

hdparm -I /dev/sdb

I am getting below error:

 HDIO_DRIVE_CMD(identify) failed: Bad address
 HDIO_GET_IDENTITY failed: Invalid argument


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