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Enhance 'Safely Remove' to spin-down and power-off usb HDDs

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'Safely remove' should (as far as possible) allow for genuine safe removal of all media.
Under certain other OSs, the 'safely remove' option on usb devices will...
1/ On usb pen drive with a power/activity led, switch it off (trivial nicety, but reassuring).
2/ On usb HDDs, spin down the disk and power off. This seems more important.
There is some discussion about this, for example,
http://elliotli.blogspot.com/2009/01/safely-remove-usb-hard-drive-in-linux.html I know that the latest version of Ubuntu does this and there is a script offered in the above link.
However, the script, as it stands and run on my installation of OpenSUSE, does not seem to work (in the same way as WinXP or Ubuntu, anyway - my WD600D036 disk does not power off) despite the positive messages in verbose mode. Perhaps this is the CONFIG_USB_SUSPEND option mentioned?


icons/user_comment.png J. E. wrote: (7 years ago)

You should know that "doesn't work" does not say very much. :-)

For one, I saw no mention of where this script is to be placed, or how it is supposed to be executed (probably manually).

icons/user_comment.png P. C. wrote: (7 years ago)


I ran the script manually (with sudo). It "doesn't work" in the sense that the drive I indicated did not power down as it does on the other OSs. You can actually hear it spin down and stop under ubuntu and winXP.

On the other hand, the script does do whatever it is that switches the power/activity led off on the pen drives I tried.

I am suggesting that the function should be incorporated in the 'safely remove' option. I don't have the technical knowledge to state exactly and in detail, what should be done.

icons/user_comment.png J. B. wrote: (7 years ago)

I can confirm that my external hard-drive does not stop spinning and the power stays on even after I 'eject' it with the KDE controls. I have a western digital passport USB external hard-drive (WD5000ME).

It would be great if this was fixed in SUSE or upstream (wherever that may be).

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