Constant Hard Drive activity every 3sec / Ubuntu

I’m running with a laptop and Ubuntu 6.10, and during the night a very small access to the HD every 3-5 sec is annoying, plus can maybe shorten the hdd life time.

This is a bug is oppened:

You can check if your are involved, type:

sudo hdparm -y /dev/hda

or (for sata)

sudo hdparm -y /dev/sda

to stop then hard drive wich should spin down and up just after a while.

A temporary solution is to enable the laptop_mode, but the hdd stop after 5sec, a bit annoying.

sudo laptop_mode start

and then edit this file:


To makes it start on boot and set the halt drive time at 10 min

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