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SubjectRe: Journaling pointless with today's hard disks?
> "Power off during write operations may make an incomplete sector which
> will report hard data error when read. The sector can be recovered by a
> rewrite operation."

So the proper defect management would be to simply initialize the broken
sector once a fsck hits it (still, I've never seen disks develop so many
bad blocks so quickly as those failed DTLA-307045 drives I had).

Note, the specifications say that the write cache setting is ignored
when the drive runs out of spare blocks for reassignment after defects
(so that the drive can return the error code right away when it cannot
guarantee the write actually goes to disk).

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Matthias Andree

"They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary
safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." Benjamin Franklin
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