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Date:	Sat, 01 Dec 2007 13:44:33 -0500
From:	Bill Davidsen <davidsen@....com>
To:	Jan Engelhardt <jengelh@...putergmbh.de>
CC:	Justin Piszcz <jpiszcz@...idpixels.com>,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, linux-raid@...r.kernel.org,
	linux-ide@...r.kernel.org, apiszcz@...arrain.com
Subject: Re: Kernel 2.6.23.9 / P35 Chipset + WD 750GB Drives (reset port)

Jan Engelhardt wrote:
> On Dec 1 2007 06:26, Justin Piszcz wrote:
>> I ran the following:
>>
>> dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc
>> dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdd
>> dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sde
>>
>> (as it is always a very good idea to do this with any new disk)
> 
> Why would you care about what's on the disk? fdisk, mkfs and
> the day-to-day operation will overwrite it _anyway_.
> 
> (If you think the disk is not empty, you should look at it
> and copy off all usable warez beforehand :-)
> 
Do you not test your drive for minimum functionality before using them? 
Also, if you have the tools to check for relocated sectors before and 
after doing this, that's a good idea as well. S.M.A.R.T is your friend. 
And when writing /dev/zero to a drive, if it craps out you have less 
emotional attachment to the data.

-- 
Bill Davidsen <davidsen@....com>
   "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot
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