Macally NSA2-S350NAS - will not stay asleep

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Jimbo
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Macally NSA2-S350NAS - will not stay asleep

Post by Jimbo » Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:37 am

Just picked up a Macally NSA2-S350NAS. It uses a Storlink Gemini SL3516, 128MB RAM. Loaded it up with two 500GB SATA drives. Cheap and cheerful Storlink based NAS box with FTP, BitTorrent and iTunes server for $89. Enabled Telnet (http://yourip/cgi/telnet/telnet.cgi) and figured out that root and admin password are same (admin). For what I need it is almost perfect... almost.

Despite having a "Disk spin down" feature... it rarely sleeps. I can put it down manually from terminal with: hdparm -y /dev/hdd (& hdc)... but it always wakes up in less than 2 minutes... need this baby to sleep thru the night... and longer. Any ideas what cron or daemon or process is accessing the disk to spin it up?

While it sits idle with HD spinning, I hear every few minutes or less, the HD being briefly accessed even when there is no activity... unplugging NAS from ethernet makes no difference. I have killed a few processes trying to identify the culprit (proftpd, kswapd)... no luck. Anyone figured this out? If I could get it to sleep, it would be perfect!

Thanks - Jim

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Mijzelf
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Re: Macally NSA2-S350NAS - will not stay asleep

Post by Mijzelf » Tue Dec 23, 2008 9:13 am

Maybe you can use lsof to find the process.

Jimbo
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Re: Macally NSA2-S350NAS - will not stay asleep

Post by Jimbo » Wed Dec 24, 2008 10:54 pm

Thanks Mijzelf... I will try lsof on the box when I return from holiday... a lot of the tools I would normally expect to find are not available... dmesg, etc... it makes finding the processes difficult. The set of tools provided by Busybox are really limited...

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Re: Macally NSA2-S350NAS - will not stay asleep

Post by Mijzelf » Thu Dec 25, 2008 5:17 pm

When you know the processor ( cat /proc/cpuinfo ) you can try to chroot Debian. Then you've got all tools you need.

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