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SubjectRe: [PATCH] ide write barriers
On Wed, 26 Feb 2003, Scott Lee wrote:

> > The goal is to make the use of write
> > back cache enabled ide drives safe with journalled file systems.
>
> Does this mean that having write caching enabled is not safe if you are
> using ext3 on an IDE drive? Should "hdparm -W 0 /dev/hda" be used for
> example. (I see a 50% performance hit using "-W 0" when my box is under
> load.) If this is the case, what is the root cause? Do IDE drives
> reorder writes when they are cached?

All drives reorder unless instructed not to do so.
ATA drives are just now getting FUA hooks.
So flush cache often.

Cheers,

Andre Hedrick
LAD Storage Consulting Group

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