On Mon, Jan 07, 2002 at 10:30:58PM +0000, Declan Moriarty wrote:
> The Seagate ide ST343xx drives are on 'special processing' lists everywhere.
> Mandrake's disk optimization only let them run on Mode 4 (No dma, udma), so
> they end up dead slow. Dead right, too - if you set up dma in the kernel, you
> keep getting 'DriveReady SeekComplete' errors.
My Seagates are SCSI, anyway, so only slight heat is my problem :)
(Running a 1.2GHz-rated fan on a 750MHz CPU was the best move I've
ever done, when it comes to cooling ;)
> With a Maxtor, 2.5 gig on hda, I got an unusual and strange set of disk
> errors here with an optimization program I was crashtesting. It proved to be
> a textbook example of 'ringing' where I was working only with hda but hdb was
> being fed strange signals. Never imagined it possible, but there you are.
I had some smaller (not plural gigabyte) Maxtors disks that alternately
worked on cable 1, cable 2, slave, master and cable select. When one burst
into flame, and the other merely released most of its magic smoke, I went
for another brand. Unfortunately, the other brand available was a WD 1.4GB
drive. It lasted 2 years or so, then rapidly developed bad sectors at an
alarming rate (1.1GB not faulty after a week of not really using it; by
then, I had a larger IBM drive that stills works great. And a nice, fast
Fujitsu that claims to be UDMA66.)
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