Re: IDE Disk Problems

JHazard (
Fri, 14 Feb 1997 19:46:28 -0600

The Feb 3rd Issue of PCWeek (page 14) talks about HP and Western-Digital
have announced a problem: very high failure rate in the Caviar 1.6s
installed in the HP 5 series. They will replace drives...

Mark Johnson wrote:

> I'd suggest making sure your drives are cool, buy a couple fans for your
> system(s), if they don't have any now.
> I've also read that power is very important. If you can, isolate your
> equipment onto their own circuit, be sure its not shared with heavy power
> consumers (like a washing machine, oven, heater, etc.).
> On Tue, 11 Feb 1997, Gary Vinson wrote:
> > We are running Linux Redhat 3.0.3 (1.2.13 kernel) using Cyrix 586.
> > We have lost one Western Digital Caviar 31600 (1.6GB) IDE drive and
> > one WD Caviar (700MB) IDE drive. Now, when I say lost, I mean that when
> > the system is rebooted, the disk sounds like it is physcially broke. There
> > is a periodic clanging noise, as if one of the drive components is
> > actually damaged. At this point, we don't get past the BIOS.
> >
> > These two drives ran for approximately one month each
> > before dieing. Prior to this, we noticed in our system messages:
> >
> > kernel: hdb: read_intr: status=0x4b { DriveRead DataRequest Index Error }
> > " " read_intr: error=0x04 { Drive Status Error}
> > " ide0: do_ide_reset: success
> [snip]