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hdparmis available for all major Linux distributions and is available for install via
hdparmcommand is not available on your system yet, you can install it using following linux commands:
UBUNTU/DEBIAN # apt-get install hdparm OR FEDORA/RED HAT # yum install hdparmFirst find a correct block device for a hard drive you would like to work with. This can be done by:
]$ lsscsi -g [2:0:0:0] disk ATA HTS721060G9SA00 MC3I /dev/sda /dev/sg0
Next, we use
hdparmto determine current head speed movement:
# hdparm -M /dev/sda /dev/sda: acoustic = 254 (128=quiet ... 254=fast)If your drive does not support AAM you will get message:
acoustic = not supported. Our current drive is set to maximum speed thus no noise reduction is applied. From the above output we can see that any values between 128 ... 254 are accepted. Not all hard drives accept all multiple values. For older drives your options may shrink to on 0-(OFF), 128-(quiet) or 254-(fast).The option 0-(OFF) will turn AAM off and thus setting it to maximum value of 254.
It needs to be pointed out that any head speed reduction also comes with a price of slower hard disk's access time. Let's reduce the noise level of our drive to minimum that is AAM value 128:
# hdparm -M 128 /dev/sda /dev/sda: setting acoustic management to 128 acoustic = 128 (128=quiet ... 254=fast)Feel free to fine tune the balance between noise and speed by setting values between 128 .. 254 ( if available ).
# hdparm -M 150 /dev/sda /dev/sda: setting acoustic management to 150 acoustic = 150 (128=quiet ... 254=fast) # hdparm -M /dev/sda /dev/sda: acoustic = 150 (128=quiet ... 254=fast)To turn off Automatic Acoustic Management set AAM value to 0:
# hdparm -M 0 /dev/sda /dev/sda: setting acoustic management to 0 acoustic = 254 (128=quiet ... 254=fast) # hdparm -M /dev/sda /dev/sda: acoustic = 254 (128=quiet ... 254=fast)