Re: Fedora May Be Killing Your Laptop's Hard Drive?

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Timothy Murphy wrote:
There has been a recent scare posting on SlashDot,
(quoting <https://launchpad.net/bug59695.html>)
"Ubuntu May Be Killing Your Laptop's Hard Drive",
suggesting that Ubuntu
"may be dramatically shortening the life of your laptop's hard drive due to an aggressive power-saving feature".
It wasn't clear to me if the action described
is actually restricted to Ubuntu,
or is common to all Linux distributions.

Does it in fact affect Fedora?


Was just reading the same article. The bug description mentions that you
can check your HD's S.M.A.R.T. attributes with a command like
smartctl -d ata -a /dev/sda

Mine says something in the order of 300k, half the lifespan of the drive :(
I've ran Fedora 5, then 6 on my laptop since I purchased it just over 1 year ago.
To answer your question: yes, it seems that Fedora has this problem, too.

It may not be Linux/distro- specific, however: some BIOS updates supposedly help (see http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Problem_with_hard_drive_clicking)





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