Re: Hard drive making noise during network activity

Theodore Y. Ts'o (tytso@MIT.EDU)
Thu, 14 May 1998 13:58:12 -0400

Date: Thu, 14 May 1998 10:59:38 -0400 (EDT)
From: "Mike A. Harris" <>

For quite some time now my hard disks have being making noise
during downloading and other network activity. I'm using dialup
ppp for my connection. Even if I telnet to a remote computer,
and run PINE for example, every time the screen gets updated, I
can hear this faint "zzzzz" of the hard drive. I don't
understand why all network traffic is generating this much noise.
It has been doing so for months and months with various kernel
releases (2.0.x). I'm currently using 2.0.34pre13.

I think it might be possible that I've configured something into
my kernel that I don't really need that may be causing this. I'm
attaching my kernel config below, so that someone may be able to
tell me if it is a configuration problem, or a kernel bug.

Try looking in /var/log and see if you have some log files which are
growing. That'll help you identify what's causing the syslogging (which
is almost certainly what's causing your hard disks to make noise during
network activity.)

- Ted

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