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HDD spindown on R7800

Discussion in 'NETGEAR AC Wireless' started by DevilzSoul, Apr 5, 2019.

  1. DevilzSoul

    DevilzSoul New Around Here

    Mar 29, 2019
    I have a 4tb WD External Elements HDD (bought brand new a month ago) attached to USB port on R7800. My firmware is the Stock Netgear V1.0.2.62

    My problem is that my HDD wont spindown and constantly make noise of read/write. I have looked through all the options of firmware but I cant seem to find anything that will allow me to put USB Device on standby or sleep mode.

    is there anything I can do to resolve this (short of buying a SSD) - any other firmware that has this option built in.. will appreciate some input
  2. Gallo

    Gallo Occasional Visitor

    Sep 11, 2018
    hd-idle, sd-idle, sdparm, or hdparm. you're going to have to find a version thats compatible with your firmware or just install voxel's firmware, he's got it in his repo's
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  3. kamoj

    kamoj Senior Member

    May 12, 2017
    The hd-idle is available in both Netgear and Voxel FW, so it's not a big thing to solve.

    Log in to the router and run this once (to activate spindown for all disks after 30 minutes of inactivity):
    grep "hd-idle" /etc/rc.local || /bin/sed -i 's#^exit 0#/etc/init.d/hd-idle start \&\nexit 0#' /etc/rc.local
    /etc/init.d/hd-idle start
    If a shorter time, e.g. 10 minutes is preferred, run these commands once:
    sed -i 's/30/10/g' /etc/config/hd-idle
    /etc/init.d/hd-idle restart
    That should be all!

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