[mythtv-users] Any ideas how to make my hard drive shut up?

Greg Cope gregcope at gmail.com
Tue May 30 15:17:04 UTC 2006

syslog is the loging service/daemon

It will try and sync, a system call to flush data to disk from the
write cache to make sure it is actually on disk, when it gets a

It takes messages from process and writes them to files according to
its config (/etc/syslog.conf)

If you prefix the file with a - in /etc/syslog.conf (and restart
syslog) then it will not try and sync the file.
*.info;mail.none;authpriv.none;cron.none                /var/log/messages


*.info;mail.none;authpriv.none;cron.none                -/var/log/messages

It will no longer try and sync the disk.

Also try;

# man syslog


On 30/05/06, Marco Nelissen <marcone at xs4all.nl> wrote:
> >Here is my system:
> >http://bronosky.com/index.php?p=21
> >
> >I've been happy with it for several months now, but I'm started to get
> >annoyed with the HD performance.  I opted for the HD with 16MB of
> >cache, I have 512MB of RAM but for some reason the HD is constantly
> >grinding.  I get the feeling that my system isn't using it's hardware
> >optimally.  I would think that 512MB would be plenty of RAM for a
> >PVR-500 FE/BE system.  However, during playback most of the time the
> >HD never stops grinding.
> Check that it's not swapping. Make sure you haven't turned on verbose
> logging for mythtv. Run as little other things as possible. If things
> are competing for disk-access, you'll get more seeking and hence more
> noise.
> If you've done all that and it's still too noisy, consider using a
> suspension mount for your harddrive. You can buy them for around $20,
> or make your own with $5 worth of materials. This will prevent
> vibrations from transmitting to the case. It made my system a lot
> quieter.
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