[K12OSN] RAID Question

Julius Szelagiewicz julius at turtle.com
Thu Apr 9 19:49:34 UTC 2009

> Robert Arkiletian wrote:
>> After that I test
>> the disk controller  by formatting them...
> This may be a superstition going back to the old days of having tracking
> information laid down in the formatting step - and controllers with
> slight differences, but I always do a low-level format on scsi drives
> when I move them to a machine with a different controller type or if I
> don't know where they were before.  It probably really isn't necessary
> any more but it does give the drive a chance to remap any questionable
> blocks transparently.  With IDE and SATA, I'm not sure if this is even
> possible.
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Yes, it is possible. Spinrite from Gibson Research is an unbelievably good
product. I've been using it in its evolving incantations forever (since my
first IBM PC XT) and it works. It is especially good at fixing track
layout to mach the drift of the heads. Worth the money and then some.

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