[TUHS] Irwin 285

Jochen Kunz jkunz at unixag-kl.fh-kl.de
Fri Jan 22 19:14:24 AEST 2010

On Thu, 21 Jan 2010 12:44:29 -0800
Larry McVoy <lm at bitmover.com> wrote:

> Disks are much higher volume and are forced to be reliable "enough".
That "enough" is the critical point. Check the average read failure
rate of SATA drives. It is 1 per 10^14 bits for my ST3500320AS. The
drive has a capacity of 512 bytes/sect x 976773168 sectors. I.e. I will
get at least one read error when I try to read the entire disk 25
times. If I build a RAID out of 5 of this drives I only need 5 reads
through the RAID to get a read error and the RAID will degrate.

> If you aren't backing up with a crc then you are doing it wrong.
With a CRC you can detect bit rott. (Probably. Somthing like MD5 or
SHA-1 is mch better then a CRC.) But you can't repair the defect data.
So you want ECC...


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