[rescue] SCSI drive for sale at buy.com

Charles Shannon Hendrix shannon at widomaker.com
Sat Apr 26 14:55:47 CDT 2003

On Sat, Apr 26, 2003 at 09:34:43AM -0400, Eric Webb wrote:

> But have people really been having that much of a problem with WD drives 
> manufactured in the last 3-4 years?  I have several in my Linux boxen and 
> they've showed no problems (so far).  Granted, they're not thrased constantly 
> either.

Well, a friend of mine uses them a lot.  It's a hit or miss affair it
seems.  If they survive the first year, they seem to do fine.  But he
said about half of them never make it to month 12.

Of course, this is constant use, but IMHO there is no market for a drive
which can only handle loading a game once a day.

All of them should be able to pull duty during their projected lifetime.

The problem is they are cutting corners drastically.

> What part of a drive is usually the first to go?  The platter motor/bearing?  
> The servo arm(s)?  The head(s) on those arm(s)?  Oxide on the platters 
> wearing off (or is it something other than an oxide process)?

Not sure, but you might find a technical discussion of this in Google
archives for something like comp.arch.storage, or maybe even a web
page about it.

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