On Sunday 07 September 2003 10:29 pm, Andrew L. Gould wrote:
> On Sunday 07 September 2003 10:16 pm, Mark Terribile wrote:
> >
> > A drive problem seems unlikely; this was a new disk
> > sealed in silver mylar and I expect these drives
> > to be rock-solid.  (Should I doubt this?)
> Yes, you should doubt this.  I've had new IBM and a Western Digital
> drives die on me this year.  If you can, test the drive in a
> different computer and/or operating system.

A HD, like any other device, is more likely to fail when its very new 
than at any other time.

> For what it's worth, I have 120GB (Maxtor) hard drives in computers
> running FreeBSD 4.8 and 5.1.

FWIW the built-in Promise controller on my Asus A7V works well in 5.1-R 
with IBM/Hitachi 120G HD:

atapci1: <Promise PDC20265 UDMA100 controller> port 
mem 0xdd800000-0xdd81ffff irq 11 at device 17.0 on pci0
ata2: at 0x9000 on atapci1
ata3: at 0x8400 on atapci1

ad6: 117800MB <IC35L120AVV207-1> [239340/16/63] at ata3-master UDMA100

The human mind ordinarily operates at only ten percent of its
capacity -- the rest is overhead for the operating system.

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