When running from a live DVD, something highly annoying is:

I click on something. then I hear the DVD drive starting to spin.
Now, I know that I need to wait five seconds until the computer reacts for the next time.

How can I tell the DVD drive to keep spinning for 20 minutes instead of 1 minute?

I have already set the reading speed to the minimum constant angular velocity (CAV) setting.

  • this won't change that much the amount of time needed to access the data you realize that ? – Kiwy Jul 10 '18 at 9:53
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    The ide-cd driver had an undocumented ioctl CDROMSETSPINDOWN, but that seems to be the only driver that references it, and I'm pretty sure you're not using the ide-cd driver. (The documentation for the driver mentions /dev/hda etc - that's with a h - and not /dev/sr0). The only reference I can find is an unconfirmed SO answer that you can do this with sdparm, if you know how to specify the right parameters: stackoverflow.com/a/43374896/799204 – sourcejedi Jul 10 '18 at 10:37
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    If you can use a nice USB instead, that's the way to go. Nowadays a lot of people have access to enough computers & internet, that it's not as important to keep a DVD somewhere as a rescue disc, you can just create a rescue USB. (And some of these computers would need you to have a USB DVD drive in order to even use a rescue disc, so it's good to have a USB available for this anyway). – sourcejedi Jul 10 '18 at 10:43
  • @Kiwy Yes, but I do not need to wait it to spin up again. – neverMind9 Jul 10 '18 at 11:48

As mentioned by sourcejedi, you can use sdparm to tweak the Power Condition page entries.

To see the current values, run sdparm -p po /dev/sr0 (or whatever your drive is). This will show the current timeouts (ICT and SCT; the IDLE and STANDBY flags also need to be set).

To change the values, run

sdparm -p po -s ICT=12000 /dev/sr0
sdparm -p po -s SCT=12000 /dev/sr0

(this will set both to 20 minutes).

Once you have settings which work for you, you can store them as power-on defaults for the drive with the -S option:

sdparm -S -p po -s ICT=12000 /dev/sr0
sdparm -S -p po -s SCT=12000 /dev/sr0

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