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SubjectRE: FYI: RAID5 unusably unstable through 2.6.14
On Fri, 3 Feb 2006, Roger Heflin wrote:

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: linux-kernel-owner@vger.kernel.org
> > [mailto:linux-kernel-owner@vger.kernel.org] On Behalf Of Martin Drab
> > Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 11:51 AM
> > To: Phillip Susi
> > Cc: Bill Davidsen; Cynbe ru Taren; Linux Kernel Mailing List;
> > Salyzyn, Mark
> > Subject: Re: FYI: RAID5 unusably unstable through 2.6.14
> >
> > On Fri, 3 Feb 2006, Martin Drab wrote:
> >
> > > On Fri, 3 Feb 2006, Phillip Susi wrote:
> > >
> > > > Usually drives will fail reads to bad sectors but when
> > you write to
> > > > that sector, it will write and read that sector to see if
> > it is fine
> > > > after being written again, or if the media is bad in
> > which case it
> > > > will remap the sector to a spare.
> > >
> > > No, I don't think this was the case of a physically bad sectors. I
> > > think it was just an inconsistency of the RAID controllers metadata
> > > (or something simillar) related to that particular array.
> >
> > Or is such a situation not possible at all? Are bad sectors
> > the only reason that might have caused this? That sounds a
> > little strange to me, that would have been a very unlikely
> > concentration of conincidences, IMO.
> > That's why I still think there are no bad sectors at all (at
> > least not because of this). Is there any way to actually find out?
>
>
> Some of the drive manufacturers have tools that will read out
> "log" files from the disks, and these log files include stuff
> such as how many bad block errors where returned to the host
> over the life of the disk.

S.M.A.R.T. should be able to do this. But last time I've checked it wasn't
working with Linux and SCSI/SATA. Is this working now?

> You would need a decent contatct with the disk manufacturer, and
> you might be able to get them to tell you, maybe.

Well it's a WD 1600SD.

Martin
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