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SubjectRe: IDE/raid performance
On Wed, Apr 17, 2002 at 01:47:16PM -0400, Kent Borg wrote:
> 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?

I doubt it.

All of the IDE drives I have used spin up when power is applied. Most of
the scsi (except for some really old ones) have a jumper that tells the
drive to wait until it receives a message from the scsi controller to spin up.

I'd imagine that IDE would need some protocol spec changes before this could
be supported (at least a "spin the drive up" message...).

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