[sf-lug] Specific Hardware advice - Fwd: Disk Thrashing [SOLVED]

Bobbie Sellers bliss-sf4ever at dslextreme.com
Sat Apr 30 11:28:13 PDT 2011

	Maybe most of us have heard of this problem before but
in case you had not...

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From: Alan Secker <alan at asandco.co.uk>
Newsgroups: alt.os.linux.mandriva
Subject: Disk Thrashing [SOLVED]
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Over the last 16 months I have been trying to find what it is about Linux
that causes my domestic system to freeze from time to time for periods of
to 5 minutes.

After trying several distros and versions of each, I realised that the
problem was common to all of them.

Yesterday I looked at the BIOS more carefully and realising S.M.A.R.T was
on, turn it of with little or no discernible difference. Finally I decided
to search for info about the disk drives. These are Western Digital Caviar
Green 1.5 TB types numbered WD15EADS-00P8B0.

To my astonishment I found dozens of letters from users with the identical
problem. Here is a link:


It seems these drives are just not fit for the purpose for which they were
sold. as they were purchased in December 2009, the Lord only knows what my
legal rights are.

I thought I had better warn anyone in the same position that might be
off the mark than me <G>.


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