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Nicole Lancaster
Posted on Saturday, October 6, 2001 - 9:16 am:   


I am building my first pc.
I have a 30 gig WD HD.......

I want to be able to run windows and Red hat linux.
Red Hats web site said I need to partition my hard drive to accomplish this.

Can any one please give me a suggestion as to were I can find enough information on partitioning my hd that I will feel comfortable doing this?? I need to knew how partitioning works and the best way to partition my hard drive for this purpose.
It makes me a little nervous.

V (Vera)
Posted on Sunday, October 7, 2001 - 12:03 pm:   

this link looks pretty interesting. i've saved it myself to do the same thing soon .
let us know how it works out. i know i'm interested in how it goes.

hope this link is helpful
Nicole Lancaster
Posted on Monday, October 8, 2001 - 8:32 pm:   

Thank you, I'll take look.

Nicole Lancaster
Posted on Thursday, October 11, 2001 - 9:07 pm:   

Throw out that Western Digital Drive, and get a Fujitsu or something. It'll save you a big headache down the road. WD drives are absolutely notorious for developing bad sectors early into their life cycle. I've had several bad experiences with them.
V (Vera)
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2001 - 6:27 am:   

i have had a different experience.
my first "large" harddrive was a 6.4 wd drive. its been used for 2.5 years on a daily basis with no bad sectors developing to this point.

now that i said it watch it die on me today
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2001 - 3:35 pm:   

Modern hard drives use a technique called "sector sparing". Every drive has many extra sectors called spares, which are invisible to the user. When the drive controller detects a sector that is on its way out, it automatically tranfers the data from that flaky sector and puts it in one of the spares. You don't begin to "see" bad sectors until all the spares have been used up. Once you begin to see bad sectors appearing, keep a close eye on the situation, by running ScanDisk or a similar utility frequently. If bad sectors continue to appear, replace the drive immediately, or suffer the consequences. I would never buy, nor advise anyone to bu a WD drive. You have been fortunate, Vera, but for the most part WD's quality control is dreadful, and I have heard many complaints involving WD drives. Perhaps they have improved in recent years, but my experience tells me to shy away from them.
Posted on Friday, October 12, 2001 - 10:39 pm:   

I have to say Amen to Michael's comments...I have found WDs to be extremely prone to developing bad a Maxtor or something instead.
Dan Nibot
Posted on Saturday, October 13, 2001 - 4:16 pm:   

I've been runing a WD hardrive since 01/01 I have
not had any problems and was quite impressed with
install software.I also put one in a second system
and have had good results.

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