NSLU2 harddisk in standby mode

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Network Storage Devices' started by haakies, Feb 21, 2005.

  1. haakies

    haakies Network Guru Member

    Are there any people who uses the NSLU2 and have a hot harddisk. I am. I asked support if standby of a harddisk is supported by NSLU2. He told me that it is supported by the opperating system it is running on but not by the NSLU2.

    So it is possible, but not yet. :!:

    He told me that if enough people make this request that it could be encapsulated in a new firmware. :idea:

    Please let support know if you also want the option to put the harddisk into standby if it is not used for a period of time.
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    moved to NSLU2 Network Storage Link forum
  3. Lennox

    Lennox Network Guru Member

    My HD's stop spinning after not being used for about 15 min. Possibly this is something in the software of the disk units. They are WD 'essential' HD's. Of course they start up quite frequently as long as there are Windows computers connected to the network, also when no user is accessing network shares. I think this is because Windows broadcasts some messages (hey network drive, are you still there?) quite frequently.
  4. haakies

    haakies Network Guru Member


    i was wondering if the wd drive is a external of internal. I want to buy a new harddisk, so if there is a type that has a option to shutdown i would like to buy this one.

    Can you please tell me what type of harddisk you are using.
  5. Lennox

    Lennox Network Guru Member

    The hard drives I have are
    Western Digital External USB Hard drives, ´WD Essential 200 Gb´.
    I cant´ find a ´power down´ feature in the specifications (the manual doesn't give any specifications) but they do stop spinning after a while.
    The second HD is for backing up the first one, so that one is almost never spinning.
    All in all it is a very quiet solution with low energy consumption.
    Hope this helps.
  6. RoMe0610

    RoMe0610 Network Guru Member


    I have a Maxtor OneTouch (I) which I realized was spinned down once and then. Now I just had to reformat my HD (NLSU said 'disk 1 not formatted'...) so I here is what I did:

    Format the drive on a PC running WinXP. Installed the OneTouch software (without drive letter the s/w don't recognize the disk... :( ) and set power down to 15 minutes.

    Back again on the NLSU2 I reformatted the drive.

    Now the drive powers down after 15 minutes... :D

  7. pupsikus

    pupsikus Guest

    Hi There,

    concerning standby, I have tried to enable the internal standby counter of the disk (this is settable using the hdparm command using linux (e.g. Knoppix)). The disk then automatically spins down after the time given when connected to the PC via IDE.
    However when using the disk in the USB case and connected to an NLSU2, it does not spin down anymore. Seems it depends on the case used. Or is there a way to convince the case to leave the disk alone?

    Those who have spin down working: what NLSU firmware are you using?

    best regards,

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