I do think we should implement a sane default. I've known about this issue for some time and have always added the hdparm line to /etc/rc.local, but I think the vast majority of users, and not just Arch users, remain unaware.
I just picked up an MSI Wind U120 this week which has a WD drive. It was clicking so often and so loudly that I thought the disk might need servicing. That's when I realized that the power management values were being reset every time it woke up from standby.
It's fixed now, but it's a hassle (and danger) that users shouldn't have deal with.
On Sep 21, 2009 at 01:21 AM, Thomas Bächler firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
Roman Kyrylych schrieb:
+1 for spreading more the noise about this. This was the opinion I expressed in this old thread : http://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=39258
Anyone else has some opinion about how to handle this?
Wow, I had this problem when switching to ext4 and thought my drive was broken. Just recently, I tried again and used wdidle3 to disable the idle timer. Now, it's all better.