Re: IDE Disk Problems

Richard B. Johnson (
Tue, 11 Feb 1997 20:14:40 -0500 (EST)

On Tue, 11 Feb 1997, Gary Vinson wrote:

> " ide0: do_ide_reset: success
> Now, my question is, can (or is it remotely possible) linux be
> writing something out to the WD IDE drives to break the drive.

Yes. The answer is Yes! IDE drives are like cheap watches. They look
like drives. When new, they even work like drives. However, IDE, correctly
translated means CHEAP. Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) is a way
of making drives real CHEAP, merely functional for a short time. What
Linux is doing "wrong" is USING your drive. A Multitasking Operating System
does MUCH more disk I/O than MS-DOS. It is being worn out. The head actuator
bearings are wearing out, the disc spindle bearings are being worn out. This
will allow the Disc assembly to wobble. Eventually the heads will touch
That's all she wrote!

Your next disk drives should be SCSI. You will probably never replace them,
only transfer them to other systems when you replace them with the latest
higher-speed, larger-space units when they become available. One-point-two
gigabyte drives are now considered "obsolete", you can get a few for the
cost of a real poor 2 gigabyte IDE drive. The only problem is you will need
a SCSI Controller and they are not cheap. A good one will set you back maybe

Dick Johnson
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