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the_mouse
May 13th, 2011, 10:45 PM
I've been using Kubuntu (9.10, I know it's outdated) on my netbook (Aspire ONE 150) for a while, but there's one thing that annoys me. It's TOSHIBA HDD is much louder when skeeking in Ubuntu, than in Windows XP.

Here's the output of

/dev/sda:

ATA device, with non-removable media
Model Number: TOSHIBA MK1652GSX
Serial Number: X8K7P0R5T
Firmware Revision: LV020J
Transport: Serial, ATA8-AST, SATA 1.0a, SATA II Extensions, SATA Rev 2.5
Standards:
Supported: 8 7 6 5
Likely used: 8
Configuration:
Logical max current
cylinders 16383 16383
heads 16 16
sectors/track 63 63
--
CHS current addressable sectors: 16514064
LBA user addressable sectors: 268435455
LBA48 user addressable sectors: 312581808
device size with M = 1024*1024: 152627 MBytes
device size with M = 1000*1000: 160041 MBytes (160 GB)
Capabilities:
LBA, IORDY(can be disabled)
Queue depth: 32
Standby timer values: spec'd by Standard, no device specific minimum
R/W multiple sector transfer: Max = 16 Current = 16
Advanced power management level: 254
DMA: sdma0 sdma1 sdma2 mdma0 mdma1 mdma2 udma0 udma1 udma2 udma3 udma4 *udma5
Cycle time: min=120ns recommended=120ns
PIO: pio0 pio1 pio2 pio3 pio4
Cycle time: no flow control=120ns IORDY flow control=120ns
Commands/features:
Enabled Supported:
* SMART feature set
Security Mode feature set
* Power Management feature set
* Write cache
* Look-ahead
* Host Protected Area feature set
* WRITE_BUFFER command
* READ_BUFFER command
* NOP cmd
* DOWNLOAD_MICROCODE
* Advanced Power Management feature set
SET_MAX security extension
* 48-bit Address feature set
* Device Configuration Overlay feature set
* Mandatory FLUSH_CACHE
* FLUSH_CACHE_EXT
* SMART error logging
* SMART self-test
* General Purpose Logging feature set
* WRITE_{DMA|MULTIPLE}_FUA_EXT
* 64-bit World wide name
* IDLE_IMMEDIATE with UNLOAD
* SATA-I signaling speed (1.5Gb/s)
* Native Command Queueing (NCQ)
* Host-initiated interface power management
* Phy event counters
* unknown 76[11]
DMA Setup Auto-Activate optimization
Device-initiated interface power management
* Software settings preservation
* SMART Command Transport (SCT) feature set
* SCT Error Recovery Control (AC3)
* SCT Features Control (AC4)
* SCT Data Tables (AC5)
Security:
Master password revision code = 65534
supported
not enabled
not locked
not frozen
not expired: security count
not supported: enhanced erase
66min for SECURITY ERASE UNIT.
Logical Unit WWN Device Identifier: 5000391524871a4
NAA : 5
IEEE OUI : 39
Unique ID : 1524871a4
Checksum: correct

I tried setting accoustic management settigns via hdparm, but I get an error saying it's not supported by the HDD. However there seems to be some way to control the noise comming out of the HDD in Windows, since it's not that loud on seeking.


sudo hdparm -M /dev/sda

/dev/sda:
acoustic = not supported


The noise is different from the famous clicking head park.
PS. I've set advanced power management to 190, because otherwise the temperature goes higher than under Windows.

Any help would be appreciated :).