Situation: Installing an old Maxtor LXT-340A hard drive (CHS, mode 0).
An old drive that has been tortured running a 24/7 server.
Windows95: Total system lockup with resulting loss of data.
No messages, nothing. Scandisk finds nothing. Defrag fails.
Tried FAT/VFAT/FAT32 - same results.
Linux v2.1.32: Disk error messages indicating bad sectors on cylinder 1.
No system lockup - just a lot of messages that eventually
stop when the operation fails.
Solution: Partition drive starting at cylinder 2. Works great!
Formatted it as ext2.
Could have used "badblocks" instead, but it was not
catching all the bad sectors when run. Decided to play
it safe and ignore the entire cylinder.
Comment: Even on this old drive, ext2 is a bazillion times faster
under Linux than any native Win95 fs under Win95!
Score: Linux wins hands down. Of course.
Linux Plug-and-Play Kernel Project http://www.redhat.com/linux-info/pnp/
XFree86 Matrox Team http://www.bf.rmit.edu.au/~ajv/xf86-matrox.html