[OT] Useable BIOS RAID 1 on the cheap?

Andy Armstrong andy at hexten.net
Wed Jan 18 19:29:44 GMT 2006

On 18 Jan 2006, at 19:15, John Costello wrote:
> There was a series of SCSI drives used in Apple systems, 7100s or  
> 8100s I
> think, that had a fatal flaw.  The bearings would grind down over  
> time,
> but not crash the system.  When the drive was powered down, the  
> bearings
> would stick and the drive could not spin up.  The solution  
> (demonstrated
> to me by my boss) was to remove the drive, tap it three or four  
> times, and
> replace it.  The drive would spin up when powered up, and you had your
> chance to migrate the data.

Take the drive out, hold it horizontally from above and give it a  
quick spin with your wrist while it's trying to spin up. I've just  
been playing with an old laptop drive that gets itself going if you  
do that.

Andy Armstrong, hexten.net

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