[Dirvish] Disk drive follies
jasonb at edseek.com
Fri Feb 25 13:00:39 PST 2005
On Friday 25 February 2005 15:38, Keith Lofstrom wrote:
> The big drives are getting cheaper. Two local chain stores are
> selling big drives very cheap; Staples has 200GB Maxtor drives for
> $60 after rebate (limit 10), and Compusa has 250GB drives for $100
> (limit 2).
Impressive. A few years ago you had to wait a long time for deals like those.
I managed ~ $70 AR typically on 120GBs.
> This came at a good time for me; I rotate 3 250GB hard drives for
> backups, and I just lost one of the 3 (a Maxtor I purchased in
> September). It is still under warranty, so I Maxtor will replace it.
Entirely anecdotal given my small sample size, but my past two of three
Maxtors have failed on me. The second was a replacement for the first. I
kept them from running extraordinarily hot to no avail. I have had four WDs
for about as long and none have failed yet.
> For the restore, I used the method I described in the third dirvish
> article. With one important exception. I was unable to use the
> "sfdisk" trick to build the partitions. The old drive used 16 heads,
> 63 sectors per track, while the new drive uses 255 heads, 63 sectors
> per track. So the table generated by "sfdisk -d" was not directly
> usable as input to the new sfdisk. I had to do an fdisk by hand.
I've been using LVM2 of late and liking it a lot.
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