[CentOS] PATA Hard Drive woes

Keith Roberts keith at karsites.net
Wed Nov 3 22:13:03 UTC 2010

On Wed, 3 Nov 2010, Lamar Owen wrote:

> To: CentOS mailing list <centos at centos.org>
> From: Lamar Owen <lowen at pari.edu>
> Subject: Re: [CentOS] PATA Hard Drive woes
> On Wednesday, November 03, 2010 02:51:02 pm RedShift wrote:
>> On 11/03/10 17:01, Keith Roberts wrote:
>>> Could a bad controller or bad RAM cause Hard Drive sector
>>> errors?
>> Neither bad RAM or a bad controllor can physically damage 
>> a hard drive. A bad controller will not cause reallocated 
>> sectors. It can however cause UDMA CRC errors and other 
>> weird non-SMART related behaviour.
> Might want to check the power supply as well.  Bad/flakey 
> power can indeed case damage to the drive surface; been 
> there, done that, have two Maxtor 250GB drives with 
> scribbled servo data to prove it.


I'm running the server from an APC UPS Back-UPS 650, so 
there should not be any glitches in the power supply, should 


In theory, theory and practice are the same;
in practice they are not.

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