Qnap Disks in standby but lights are still on.

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Qnap Disks in standby but lights are still on.

Post by file-moon » Wed Sep 04, 2019 3:08 pm

Hi,


As far as I understand manual for every disk in standby mode disk indicator light should be off.
I do have some disks in standby mode but all hdd indicators are always on.

# hdparm -C /dev/sda
/dev/sda:
drive state is: active/idle

# hdparm -C /dev/sdb
/dev/sdb:
drive state is: active/idle

# hdparm -C /dev/sdc
/dev/sdc:
drive state is: standby

# hdparm -C /dev/sdd
/dev/sdd:
drive state is: standby

# hdparm -C /dev/sde
/dev/sde:
drive state is: standby

# hdparm -C /dev/sdf
/dev/sdf:
drive state is: standby

# hdparm -C /dev/sdg
/dev/sdg:
drive state is: active/idle

# hdparm -C /dev/sdh
/dev/sdh:
drive state is: active/idle


Am I missing something?


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Re: Qnap Disks in standby but lights are still on.

Post by P3R » Wed Sep 04, 2019 4:00 pm

You don't tell us what disk models you use (nor what QTS version and build is running on what NAS model) so we can only speculate but a wild guess is that some disks have spun down on their own.

As far as I know, if it's the Qnap that spin the disks down it's all or nothing. They will all be set to standby and the disk lights (all of them) will go out.

Edit: what I wrote in the text marked in red above is incorrect! The information supplied by aks100 below is accurate. Thank you for the correction!
Last edited by P3R on Sun Dec 15, 2019 12:51 am, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Qnap Disks in standby but lights are still on.

Post by aks100 » Sat Dec 14, 2019 11:40 pm

I know this thread is a couple of months old, but it confused me for a while so I thought this clarification might help others.

I have just purchased a TS-453B, updated to QTS v4.4.1.1146 build 20191206, under Control Panel->Hardware->General, I see Enable disk standby mode, and it specifically mentiones that the System Status LED turns off but the Disk Status LED remains on. I checked and this is in fact what happens in my case too (disk LED on, no flashing), so as described.

It is also mentioned in the online documentation.

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