Seagate Constellation.2 Strange Chirping

Marshall Simmons

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Hey Everyone.

Just got 10 Seagate Constellation.2 drives and they work well so far. Smart shows no issues what so ever with the drives, but I'm hearing a chriping noise coming from them.

When the drives are sitting relatively idle for a while, and then become active, the drives chirp (it literally sounds like a cricket chirping once) and they don't make another noise again until they haven't been used and become active again.

I think it has to do with their power management. I found their document about their power management at
http://www.seagate.com/files/docs/pdf/en-GB/whitepaper/tp608-powerchoice-tech-provides-gb.pdf
but I honestly have no clue as to how to go about defeating the power management

Note. Using this in a supermicro 24bay 2.5 in chassis with Sas2 expander connected to a 1015 in IT mode. Running win2012 and have HDD spindown turned off in advanced power management.


Thanks everyone
 

canta

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you can use hdparm or smartctl

hdparm -B255 /dev/sdX or hdparm /dev/disk/by-id/XXXXXXXX or uuid
smartctl -s apm=255 /dev/sdX or by-id or uuid

smartctl -s apm=254 -d megaraid,$9 /dev/sda 9-> drive position can be view with megactl util (an example to set apm behid megaraid lsi)
the change is not permanent, you have to insert a script or init script during OS loading.
 
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Marshall, please post the models of the drives rather than a general advertising name.

The sound you are hearing is the drives spinning up. This is typical with Seagate and BS power-down firmwares they are known for and why I refuse to use them with RAID of any form or controller.

Windows has no control over them and hence why they can fall out of an array.

In the past, I have used Crystal Disk installed and run in the background to edit and over-ride the APM/AAM shit.
 
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Marshall Simmons

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Windows 2012R2 environment. Not Linux, read OP.
Its's all good. I tried adapting it to the windows version. But for some reason the constellations don't use APM. They have their own version of power management using EPC codes if I understand what the pamphlet is saying. Annoying to say the least.
 

Marshall Simmons

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Marshall, please post the models of the drives rather than a general advertising name.

The sound you are hearing is the drives spinning up. This is typical with Seagate and BS power-down firmwares they are known for and why I refuse to use them with RAID of any form or controller.

Windows has no control over them and hence why they can fall out of an array.

In the past, I have used Crystal Disk installed and run in the background to edit and over-ride the APM/AAM shit.

So far they haven't dropped out of my array. They've actually been working out great, just that they make noise in a server that I've made extremely quiet :)

The exact model number is
Dell Seagate Constellation.2 250GB,Internal,7200 RPM,2.5", ST9250610NS
 

Marshall Simmons

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Oooh I think you might have given me a solution!

I have HDD Guardian Scanning the drives every minute and it seems to have keep the drives spun up. Will keep testing .

BTW- HDD Guardian seems like a great piece of software. It's a GUI front end for smartmontools.