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SubjectRe: IDE/raid performance

On Wed, Apr 17, 2002 at 10:27:22AM -0700, Jeff V. Merkey wrote:
> From my analysis with 3Ware at 32 drive configurations, you really
> need to power the drives from a separate power supply is you have
> more than 16 devices. They really suck the power during initial
> spinup.

It seems an obvious help would be to have the option of spinning up
the drives one at a time at 2-3 second intervals. I know a fast drive
doesn't get up to speed in 3 seconds, but the nastiest draw is going
to be over by then.

A machine with 32 drives is pretty serious stuff and probably isn't
booting in a few seconds anyway--another 60-some seconds might be a
desirable option.

Does this exist anywhere? Would it have to be a BIOS feature?

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