Subject: Re: IDE bad sector remapping vs. write-cache
To: NetBSD-current Discussion List <>
From: Frederick Bruckman <>
List: current-users
Date: 08/18/2003 12:20:15
On Mon, 18 Aug 2003, Greg A. Woods wrote:

> [ On Sunday, August 17, 2003 at 22:01:01 (-0500), Frederick Bruckman wrote: ]
> > Subject: Re: IDE bad sector remapping vs. write-cache
> >
> > I had a WD 80gb that would silently write erroneous data whenever it
> > got hot. After significant activity, archives or large files that I'd
> > just copied to it would fail their checksums, and fail the comparison
> > with the originals. I never detected any errors after the data was
> > (finally) correctly written. I now avoid that brand like the plague.
> While WD could no doubt have tried harder to make their disks "fail
> safe", the real issue is likely with the chassis and environment you
> have the disk installed in.

It wouldn't bother me so much if it started giving errors, since as I
wrote, drives in that position in the chassis get too hot to touch. The
"silently corrupting data" thing is what really made me lose confidence
in the brand, but maybe that's just me.