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So I suspect this is a drive firmware decision and not amenable to influence by the operating system.
Blocking access to removable drives that haven't spun up yet
Posted Oct 10, 2011 22:55 UTC (Mon) by smoogen (subscriber, #97)
Posted Oct 12, 2011 7:09 UTC (Wed) by Los__D (guest, #15263)
I have no idea why it's done that way, it seems rather silly when the drive knows that data is (probably) on the way.
Posted Oct 15, 2011 0:11 UTC (Sat) by giraffedata (subscriber, #1954)
I'm not sure which drives we're talking about, but I've had CD drives for about 10 years that spin down after a period of inactivity, and when the client sends a read command, the drive spins up while the command executes.
However, when you load a disk, before it spins up and the drive otherwise loads the disk, commands fail immediately.
I don't know any reason a "green" drive would be different.
But it does seem like an obvious idea to have the drive hold off on completing any commands while loading is taking place.
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