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Stopping growth of Load_Cycle_Count on FreeBSD

I came across this topic today that explains how to stop the drives getting powered on and off in laptops:

  1. Install sysutils/ataidle.
  2. Disable power management on the drive: ataidle -P 0 /dev/adaX.
  3. Add to /etc/rc.conf:
    ataidle_enable="YES"
    ataidle_devices="adaX"
    ataidle_adaX="-P 0"