Linux tearing up your Harddrive? FUD?

Dotan Cohen dotancohen at
Sun Nov 23 05:45:01 UTC 2008

2008/11/23 Mackenzie Morgan <macoafi at>:
> On Sat, 2008-11-22 at 08:30 -0500, Chris wrote:
>> I keep on hearing about how this bug has never been fixed,
>> Is this just Linux FUD being spread around?  Or is this a "real" bug?
> The way I understand it, it's technically a hardware issue since some
> hard drive manufacturers set their hard drives to settings that wear
> them down faster and then you have to buy more hard drives more
> often...which I guess is good for them.  Some distros try to force the
> hard drive to do different things than what the hard drive is set to do
> to stop that from happening.  Ubuntu's not one of them.  It goes with
> trusting the manufacturer regarding what's best for the drive...just
> doesn't help when the manufacturer's getting it wrong.

It should be added that Windows ignores the hard drive manufacturer's
settings by default and provides very conservative settings of it's
own, which prolong drive life.

Dotan Cohen


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