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SubjectRe: IDE Disk Problems
On Tue, 11 Feb 1997, Richard B. Johnson wrote:
> Yes. The answer is Yes! IDE drives are like cheap watches. They look
> like drives. When new, they even work like drives. However, IDE, correctly
> translated means CHEAP. Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) is a way
> of making drives real CHEAP, merely functional for a short time. What
> Linux is doing "wrong" is USING your drive. A Multitasking Operating System
> does MUCH more disk I/O than MS-DOS. It is being worn out. The head actuator
> bearings are wearing out, the disc spindle bearings are being worn out. This
> will allow the Disc assembly to wobble. Eventually the heads will touch
> and...
> That's all she wrote!
> Your next disk drives should be SCSI. You will probably never replace them,
> only transfer them to other systems when you replace them with the latest
> higher-speed, larger-space units when they become available. One-point-two
> gigabyte drives are now considered "obsolete", you can get a few for the
> cost of a real poor 2 gigabyte IDE drive. The only problem is you will need
> a SCSI Controller and they are not cheap. A good one will set you back maybe
> US$300.
> Cheers,
> Dick Johnson

Now please hold your breath. I have a five-year-old laptop h

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