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From: Andrei Borzenkov <>
To: "R. Schwartz" <>,
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Subject: Re: Should nossd mount option be used for an HDD detected as non-rotational?
Date: Sat, 13 Jul 2019 14:06:47 +0300
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13.07.2019 12:22, R. Schwartz пишет:
> My HDD (one partition, BTRFS) reports itself as non-rational:
>     $ cat /sys/class/block/sda/queue/rotational
>     0
> According to btrfs(5), by default, BTRFS detects this value and turns on
> SSD optimizations for the HDD. Naturally, I'm puzzled...
> My question is: should I use the nossd mount option for the HDD?
> Following is more details about this HDD.
> It's a recent Western Digital Blue 2TB HDD, model WD20EZAZ. Given its
> cache size is a rather large 256MB, some people say it's likely an SMR
> (shingled magnetic record) HDD.
> Since Host-Managed and Host-Aware SMR HDDs support the `REPORT_ZONES`
> ATA/SCSI command, I ran this test using `sg3_utils`:
>     # sg_rep_zones -R /dev/sda
>     Report zones command not supported
>     sg_rep_zones failed: Illegal request, Invalid opcode
> Therefore, _if_ it's SMR, it must be Drive-Managed SMR.
> So is there a good reason why the HDD reports itself as non-rotational?

kernel sets non-rotational flag according to Medium Rotation Rate field
in Block Device Characteristics VPD page (0xb1). What

sg_vpd -p bdc /dev/xxx


> Does it have to do with SMR?
> Additioanlly, the HDD is connected through a SATA to USB connector. I
> original suspected it was an issue with the connector, but I tested with
> other HDDs with the same connector and they all report as rotational.

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2019-07-13  9:22 R. Schwartz
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2019-07-13 11:18   ` R. Schwartz

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