“idle3-tools” binary package in Ubuntu Quantal armhf

 Idle3-tools provides a linux/unix utility that can disable, get and
 set the value of the infamous idle3 timer found on recent Western
 Digital Hard Disk Drives.
 .
 It can be used as an alternative to the official wdidle3.exe
 proprietary utility, without the need to reboot in a DOS environment.
 .
 A power off/on cycle of the drive will still be mandatory for new
 settings to be taken into account.
 .
 Modern Western Digital "Green" Drives include the Intellipark feature
 that stops the disk when not in use.
 .
 Unfortunately, the default timer setting is not perfect on linux/unix
 systems, including many NAS, and leads to a dramatic increase of the
 Load Cycle Count value (SMART attribute #193). With the default timer
 setting, the drive will spin down *every eight seconds* if idle and
 this may get the spindle motor to burn out in a few months or so.
 .
 If you have a Western Digital EADS or EARS drive, please check you
 SMART information before it's too late by running the following
 command:
 .
  sudo smartctl -A /dev/sda | grep "^193"
 .
 If the Load cycle count (which is in the last column) exceeds 1000,
 you're probably affected by the idle3 timer problem.

Publishing history

Date Status Target Pocket Component Section Priority Phased updates Version
  2012-05-04 14:34:08 UTC Published Ubuntu Quantal armhf release universe admin Optional 0.9.1-1
  • Published on 2012-05-04