Re: IDE Disk Problems

Alan Cox (
Wed, 12 Feb 1997 22:00:58 +0000 (GMT)

> Now, my question is, can (or is it remotely possible) linux be
> writing something out to the WD IDE drives to break the drive. The
> analogy being, that you can write to a video controller and cause
> damage to a monitor. One of our people have suggested that Linux is
> writing to sector 0 of the WD IDE drive.

No IDE doesnt permit a host system to damage the disk. The bang bang sounds
like the unit is dead.

> These WDs drives were bought at separate times so we do not suspect
> that we got hold of a bad batch of drives.

I've lost a WD caviar 1.6Gb, I know tons of folk who have. Maybe they sold
a lot, maybe they are dodgy I don't know. I've got a nice Fujitsu instead.