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[ The PC Guide | Systems and Components Reference Guide | Motherboard and System Devices | System BIOS | BIOS Settings | IDE Device Setup / Autodetection ]

Landing Zone

This setting specifies the cylinder to which the BIOS should send the heads of the hard disk when the machine is to be turned off. This is where the heads will "land" when they spin down. Modern drives (in fact, virtually every drive made in at least the last five or so years) automatically park the heads in a special area that contains no data when the power is turned off. Therefore this setting is meaningless and is typically ignored.

Most BIOSes set this value to be the largest cylinder number of the logical geometry specified for the disk when you autodetect. So if the drive has 6,136 logical cylinders, the landing zone will be set to 6,135. In any event a modern IDE drive will ignore this setting and autopark by itself.

Note: IDE autodetection will set this value automatically.

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