Re: Hard disk problem:

From: Bill Pringlemeir (
Date: Fri Jul 27 2001 - 14:18:12 EST

>>>>> "Steve" == Steve Underwood <> writes:

 Steve> But he is right. Practically all the "Made in Hungary" ones
 Steve> develop bad sectors after a few months. The "Made in
 Steve> Phillipinnes" ones do not. Strangely, I am Hong Kong and
 Steve> almost all the GXP75s we got here were made in Hungary - go
 Steve> figure! They were so bad the dealers finally wouldn't stock
 Steve> them. If your experience has been different, think yourself
 Steve> lucky.

I have an IBM drive made in Hungary. It get `fiery hot'! I kept
moving it until I had it in a place with good thermal contact to the
case. Then these drive errors went away. At first I had a Linux
install on that drive. Later it crashed, I fixed it, deleted the OS
on my HDA that I was no longer using and moved Linux there. Now I
only keep MP3s, tmp, and swap (a 2nd one) on the IBM drive.

Sometimes when I close the case, I still get errors. So it may be a
case of overheating. You could try to change the position of the drive
to see if it fixes things. Mine was made in Hungary. And in case (ha ha)
I am talking crap,

[bpringle@localhost bpringle]$ dmesg | grep ^hdd:
hdd: IBM-DTTA-351010, ATA DISK drive
hdd: 19807200 sectors (10141 MB) w/466KiB Cache, CHS=19650/16/63, UDMA(33)

 Model=IBM-DTTA-351010, FwRev=T56OA73A, SerialNo=WF0WFFD7387
 Config={ HardSect NotMFM HdSw>15uSec Fixed DTR>10Mbs }
 RawCHS=16383/16/63, TrkSize=0, SectSize=0, ECCbytes=34
 BuffType=3(DualPortCache), BuffSize=466kB, MaxMultSect=16, MultSect=off
 DblWordIO=no, maxPIO=2(fast), DMA=yes, maxDMA=2(fast)
 CurCHS=16383/16/63, CurSects=16514064, LBA=yes, LBAsects=19807200
 tDMA={min:120,rec:120}, DMA modes: sword0 sword1 sword2 mword0 mword1 mword2
 IORDY=on/off, tPIO={min:240,w/IORDY:120}, PIO modes: mode3 mode4
 UDMA modes: mode0 mode1 *mode2
 Drive Supports : ATA/ATAPI-4 T13 1153D revision 17 : ATA-1 ATA-2 ATA-3 ATA-4

Bill Pringlemeir.

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