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From: "Ing. Gianluca Alberici" <>
Subject: Re: Bad disks or bug ?
Date: Tue, 11 Jan 2005 16:07:33 +0100	[thread overview]
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Your analysis shows you know well what we're talking about and i think 
you gave the optimal explanation...

I know very well the problems of the IBM DTLA series (i have a dozen of 
zombies here...)
and was mainly concerned about Maxtor disks.

Finally i agree it must be something that has to do with the use of 
hardware and/or firmware...

I will of course substitute my backup drive immediately !

Regards and thanks,


Heinrich Stamerjohanns wrote:

>Der Gianluca, 
>I guess you have an IBM Deskstar (or now Hitachi), possibly a DTLA-307045?
>We have the same setup: main disk is /dev/hda, backup disk (every night) 
>is /dev/hdb.
>One just crashed yesterday, it is the fifth IBM (out of five) that 
>crashed (this is already a replacement disk...). 
>Don't worry your IBM /dev/hda will crash sooner or later as well ;)
>But when I investigated after the first crash, I read something like
>that these disk especially do not cope with the situation that they are 
>only infrequently used, but then heavily (no use at all, then continous 
>backup..). The firmware has supposedly changed since then, but it
>has not helped the replacment drive.
>So I guess your problem with /dev/hdb is rather a hardware than 
>a software problem. 
>To be sure you could make /dev/hdb your main disk and backup to /dev/hda.
>I am quite sure that /dev/hda will give up first then. (But it happened to 
>us that the main drive died two days later, without a replaced backup 
>Greetings, Heinrich
>  Dr. Heinrich Stamerjohanns        Tel. +49-441-798-4276
>  Institute for Science Networking
>  University of Oldenburg 

       reply	other threads:[~2005-01-11 15:12 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 7+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
     [not found] <>
2005-01-11 15:07 ` Ing. Gianluca Alberici [this message]
2005-01-11 12:39 Bad disks or bug ? Ing. Gianluca Alberici
2005-01-11 13:00 ` Mark Nipper
2005-01-11 13:02   ` Ing. Gianluca Alberici
     [not found]     ` <>
2005-01-11 13:24       ` Ing. Gianluca Alberici
2005-01-11 14:23         ` Bill Davidsen
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2005-01-11 12:18 Ing. Gianluca Alberici

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