Automatic Power Cycling for SATA Drives?

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Simon Zerafa

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Sep 18, 2020
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Hi,

An interesting idea from the OpenSuperClone project to power cycle SATA drive using an exteral power board which can be triggered from a USB port:


Perhaps adding this to Spinrite 7.0+ would be an interesting feature to add 😀🤷‍♂️

Kind Regards

Simon Zerafa
 
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Might be useful, especially if it is an option you buy as upgrade. But would need to have specific hardware, and thus likely Steve doing his first foray into hardware in a long time.
 
Hi,

I don't necessarily see Steve offering the hardware, unless he should have a huge urge to do so. With modern turnkey manufacturing solutions for PCB's and assembly it would be far easier today that back when the Gibson Light Pen was the cool tool to have.

As the design seems relatively simple there is nothing stopping anyone from batch producing kits for self assembly or selling them off the shelf via any number of online selling platforms.

As long as SR 7.0+ can interface with these external power control modules via USB (not Serial) and a common "API" is followed. The module itself could be powered via a suitable DC power charger or possibly even via USB C PD.

It could have other uses outside SR 7.0 to control any number of automated systems that use a SATA (or other?) power connectors and can be connected to a PC for control.

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Simon Zerafa
 
Since it would be trivial for me to have SR7 support any and all various widely available solutions, that's the direction I would take. There's no chance that I would produce and sell hardware again... and I doubt that the demand for programmatic power control would ever be significant enough to warrant organizing a group project to create our own power switches from scratch.
 
Since it would be trivial for me to have SR7 support any and all various widely available solutions, that's the direction I would take. There's no chance that I would produce and sell hardware again... and I doubt that the demand for programmatic power control would ever be significant enough to warrant organizing a group project to create our own power switches from scratch.
Hi Steve,

Somehow I had a funny feeling you might feel that way about producing hardware again even semi-commercially 😉

Let other folks take the pleasure and pain of doing that!

Kind Regards

Simon Zerafa