[all variants] external drive slow first access

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http://ubuntuforums.org – Hello, When I first access my drive after not using it for awhile it seems to have to fire back up before displaying a folder. This makes navigating on my computer annoying because I have symlinks all through my computer to this drive. I was thinking of setting up a cron to touch the harddrive every 5 minutes. The drive is ext4 is there some power saving option that I could adjust or what do you recommend. Thank you (Hardware)