Debian / Ubuntu / OMV: HD Idle: HDD Standby


After my HDDs did not want to move into standby mode (spin-down) after the set time or too early, I was looking for an alternative to the power management of the HDDs.

I have 4 different HDDs, from different manufacturers with different sizes in a BTRFS Raid1 array. Theoretically, all 4 HDDs should behave the same, but some go into standby mode when activating the power saving mode during operation, others not at all ...

While researching for a solution, I came across hd-idle.

This variant is completely independent from the firmware, i.e. from the power management of the hard disk: The service monitors the access to all hard disks and treats them all the same. Of course, the power management of the hard disk should be deactivated for this.


apt-get install debhelper
mkdir hd-idle_download
cd hd-idle_download
tar xvfz hd-idle*.tgz
cd hd-idle
sudo apt-get install build-essential
cd ..
dpkg -i hd-idle_*.deb
sudo nano /etc/default/hd-idle
# start hd-idle automatically?

timeout to 20minutes

HD_IDLE_OPTS="-i 1200 -l /var/log/hd-idle.log"

Control with:

service --status-all


sudo service hd-idle status

start with:

sudo service hd-idle start

stop with:

sudo service hd-idle stop
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