On Sunday, 9 December 2001 at 18:46:24 -0800, Terry Lambert wrote:
> Greg Lehey wrote:
> [ ... IBM DTLA drives ... ]
No, that wasn't me.
> IBM DTLA drives are known to rotate fast enough near the spindle
> that the sustained write speed exceeds the ability of the controller
> electronics to keep up, and results in crap being written to disk.
What about the cache?
> This is not often a problem with windows, the FS of shich fills
> sectors in towards the spindle, so you only hit the problem when you
> near the "disk full" state.
This sounds very unlikely.
> Do a Google/Tom's Hardware search to reassure yourself that I am not
> smoking anything.
I think I'd rather put the shoe on the other foot. This looks like
high-grade crack. Who was smoking it?
>>> I don't understand the need some people have for using something that is
>>> labelled as DANGEROUS.
>> I don't understand the need some people have for labelling something
>> as DANGEROUS when it works nearly all the time.
I *did* write this.
> It's because you have to reinstall, should you want to add a second
> OS at a later date (e.g. Linux, or Windows).
So all dedicated installations are dangerous? I would have to do
that whether I had a Microsoft partition table or not if I had already
used the entire disk for FreeBSD.
>> We don't have many disks which are shared between different platforms,
>> but that will change. As you know, I have the ability to hot swap
>> disks between an RS/6000 platform and an ia32 platform. The RS/6000
>> disks will never have a Microsoft partition table on them. They will
>> have BSD partition tables on them. Why call this dangerous?
> Your use is orthogonal to the most common expected usage, which is
> disks shared between OSs on a single platform, rather than disks
> shared between a single OS on multiple platforms.
Expected usage is to install once and then never change it.
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