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Re: [ccp4bb]: External Harddrive (FireWire) problem
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This may or may not be relevant...
We use many maxtor drives for cheap RAID (as well as
firewire). There is apparently a potential issue to do
with vibration or magnetic fields causing bad writes on
good disk sectors that subsequently report as bad - too
many of these and the drive reports a failure.
There is a solution which is to put the drive on a PC
and run a utility from the Maxtor website called 'wvset'.
This causes the drive to read every sector it writes and
if there is an error it rewrites it. There is a small
penalty (~8%) in the raw disk performance, but I'm told
that the apparent reliability is dramatically increased.
(Another utility pwrdiag can be used to re-certify an
apparently bad disk... this is a low level format and
check and in these cases will report a good disk.)
Dr. Robert Esnouf,
The Division of Structural Biology and
The Oxford Protein Production Facility,
The Henry Wellcome Building for Genomic Medicine,
Roosevelt Drive, Oxford OX3 7BN, UK
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