Is this a bug in the FreeBSD ATA driver then? I used an IBM DeskStar drive and had Linux running perfectly well on it. I backed up all my data, deleted the partitions and went to install FreeBSD on it. The installation failed with lots of 'hard error' messages. Did FreeBSD kill my hard drive, or was it just luck that I got my data off the drive with minutes to spare? I know DeskStar drives are notorious for failure, but I did indeed have DMA66 and DMA33 drives on the same channel, and thought it a bit suspicious that the drive died at the instant I tried to install FreeBSD.Bruce Cran
Yeah, this also occured to me, as I have been running WinXP on my drive without problems. The really wierd bit is that I only get the messages when writing to (or reading from) /usr (i run a dedicated partition for /usr. You know, the automatic single disk setup when installing FreeBSD). Wait, maybe that isn't so wierd after all.
Anyway, I want to know for sure that this disk failure is not due to any FreeBSD shenanigans, as I do not want to buy a new drive and install FreeBSD to it, only to have it crash on me just days later.
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