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    SubjectRe: IDE Disk Problems
    The Feb 3rd Issue of PCWeek (page 14) talks about HP and Western-Digital
    have announced a problem: very high failure rate in the Caviar 1.6s
    installed in the HP 5 series. They will replace drives...

    Mark Johnson wrote:

    > I'd suggest making sure your drives are cool, buy a couple fans for your
    > system(s), if they don't have any now.
    > I've also read that power is very important. If you can, isolate your
    > equipment onto their own circuit, be sure its not shared with heavy power
    > consumers (like a washing machine, oven, heater, etc.).
    > On Tue, 11 Feb 1997, Gary Vinson wrote:
    > > We are running Linux Redhat 3.0.3 (1.2.13 kernel) using Cyrix 586.
    > > We have lost one Western Digital Caviar 31600 (1.6GB) IDE drive and
    > > one WD Caviar (700MB) IDE drive. Now, when I say lost, I mean that when
    > > the system is rebooted, the disk sounds like it is physcially broke. There
    > > is a periodic clanging noise, as if one of the drive components is
    > > actually damaged. At this point, we don't get past the BIOS.
    > >
    > > These two drives ran for approximately one month each
    > > before dieing. Prior to this, we noticed in our system messages:
    > >
    > > kernel: hdb: read_intr: status=0x4b { DriveRead DataRequest Index Error }
    > > " " read_intr: error=0x04 { Drive Status Error}
    > > " ide0: do_ide_reset: success
    > [snip]

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