How important is hibernation with Sonos? [merged thread]

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How important is hibernation with Sonos? [merged thread]

Unread post by Russ1 » Mon Jan 24, 2011 11:31 pm

I've had many NAS drives, mostly serving audio via Sonos. I'd rather have instant access at any to cut a long story short, apart from saving money and the planet, what are the likely repercussions ?

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Re: How important is hibernation ?

Unread post by Waldo120 » Tue Jan 25, 2011 10:59 pm

There are some drives (I've heard Western Digital green label) that can't come back from hibernation.

You could always test it first before relying on it later.

The green label is taken by some people as enviromental, so you'd think it would be good at this. But apparently it just means not Black Label, which is a better HD.
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Hibernation DS211j?

Unread post by flyjat76 » Thu Feb 10, 2011 1:24 pm

Hi all...

With my laptop switched off, my DS211j never goes into hibernation. Anyone have any idea whay this should be? For info, I do have a SONOS wireless music system on at all times (but not always playing music). I have 2 mapped drives too with all of my music (for SONOS to access) & photos, using the default music & photos folders.

Will it harm the unit with the disks spinning round 24 hours a day?


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SONOS and DS211j - Hibernate setting?

Unread post by Midnight Blue » Fri Mar 04, 2011 4:06 pm

I recently switched from a Plextor NAS to a DS211j. The NAS stores my entire digital music library which is accessed by my SONOS multi-room wireless music system ( With the Plextor NAS, SONOS was always able to start playing music immediately. With the DS211j, the SONOS controller often reports that it cannot find the music library. It seems that the time it takes to come out of hibernation is too long and SONOS simply thinks it cannot connect. Once the 211j spins back up, I can successfully use the system.

The hiberntion time is currently set to 1 hour. What are the downsides to setting hibernation to None? All I want is for my music library to be accessible from the SONOS by simply pressing play. Having to wait for drive spin-ups is sometimes confusing to my kids who also use the system.

Am I barking up the right tree? Is this the hibernation setting that is causing my problems?


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Re: How important is hibernation with Sonos? [merged thread]

Unread post by maxxfi » Sat Mar 05, 2011 10:48 am

Apart of a little higher energy consumption, I don't think there are other downsides with disabling hibernation.
With modern disks (and average lifetime of appliances :wink: ) there is no issues with leaving a disk
spinning idle, provided that temperature stays under control.
Certainly you can first try to disable hibernation, and see if it solves your problem.
If you are using your NAS also for something else, then you can later try e.g. to set hibernation to a longer time,
and make it so that some other, less pedantic, NAS client would always happen to 'wake up' your NAS before any
attempt to access from the Sonos.
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