[sf-lug] Ooops -- Buying a USB drive to use with your Linux computer? Beware of the FreeAgent series from Seagate...

Asheesh Laroia asheesh at asheesh.org
Fri Dec 7 13:10:18 PST 2007

On Fri, 7 Dec 2007, RBV wrote:

> If you're shopping for a USB drive, read this story first:
> http://www.theinquirer.net/gb/inquirer/news/2007/12/06/seagate-snubs-linux
> Excerpts:
>> SEAGATE'S latest batch of drives, the ironically titled Free Agent 
>> series are not compatible with the Open Sauce operating system Linux.
>> The problem is to do with the power-saving systems on Seagate's latest 
>> range of drives...

And the solution is at e.g. 

To be preicse:

 	(eg: /usr/bin/sdparm --clear STANDBY -6 /dev/sda)

 	You can put this command in your /etc/init.d/rc.local if needed.

Thanks for the heads-up, because I actually just bought one a few months 

-- Asheesh.

What do you give a man who has everything?  Penicillin.
 		-- Jerry Lester

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