> Joerg Wunsch wrote:
> > > I guarantee you that there are a number of controllers which have
> > > different ideas of how to do soft sector sparing _at the controller
> > > level_ rather than at the drive level.
> > 
> > We have dropped support for ESDI controllers long since. :-)
> > 
> > Seriously, all the disks we are supporting these days do bad block
> > replacement at the drive level.
> Adaptec 1742 is supported, though it took a long enough time to
> find its way into CAM.  Same for the NCR 810.

Neither of which do controller-level sparing.

> For certain applications, also, you _want_ to turn off the automatic
> bad sector sparing: it's incompatible with spindle sync, for example,
> where you want to spare all drives or none, so that the spindles don't
> desyncronize on a sparing hit for one drive, but not another.

Spindle sync is an anachronism these days; asynchronous behaviour 
(write-behind in particular) is all the rage.  You'd be hard-pressed to 
find drives that even support it anymore.

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rivals and unfortunately opponents also.  But not because people want
to be opponents, rather because the tasks and relationships force
people to take different points of view.  [Dr. Fritz Todt]
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