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This is all about your hard drive rather than distribution problem. Some distributions are configured to write more often to disc, depending on what software is installed (and which of these are calling fsync system call).

The only way to discover what numbers are working for your HDD is to try them all. What you read in the hdparm man page is NOT always implemented. In reality most HDD drives ignores the stuff. You need to set it to the default setting and it is a hard task sometimes if you lost the numbers.