My response to ETP is here:
hdparm man page:
I see that woof-CE still has that line with "hdparm" (line 761), so maybe they should consider removing it also:
Comments:Pause at bootup Posted on 7 Jul 2017, 18:10 by admin
We have also sometimes been getting a pause at that point in the bootup (where it outputs "Recognising media devices... optical").
Only on some hardware.
Again, it is likely to be due to that execution of "hdparm".