Classic Computer Rescue Squad

From: Kevin McQuiggin <>
Date: Sat Nov 15 10:49:27 1997

At 11:16 AM 97/11/15 -0500, you wrote:
>> > The most amazing thing is being in a real computer room (i.e. dozens
>> > of 14" drives) when the power suddenly goes *off*. The silence is
>> > astonishing.
>> What would be even MORE amazing is when the power comes back ON a second
>> later, with all the power switches still on, and everything tries to spin
>> up at once...
>> Or is there some safeguard against that?

A lot of mainframe/mini drives have a configuration option called "spindle
delay" that allows for a settable delay between power on and spin up. One
sets the drives to spin up individually rather than all at once.


Kevin McQuiggin VE7ZD
Received on Sat Nov 15 1997 - 10:49:27 GMT

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