USB Drive Reliability
wblock at wonkity.com
Tue Aug 19 14:43:27 UTC 2008
On Mon, 18 Aug 2008, Jeffrey Goldberg wrote:
> I have one system (7.0) which becomes extremely unstable if I have a USB
> drive connected. I usually get a system crash in 10 to 30 minutes after
> mounting the USB drive. It has never crashed without the USB drive attached,
> and it has never gone for more than three days with it attached. Usually the
> failure is much sooner. This was with 7.0-RELEASE. I haven't checked since
> I've moved to 7-STABLE.
> I have another system (identical software, different hardware) which is solid
> as a rock with the identical USB drive attached.
> Unfortunately, the crashing system is a small form machine and there is no
> way to put in a different USB controller. The USB drive was for backups,
> which I now do over the network to the machine that is working just fine.
That might indicate a cable problem, even just being too long. A
line-powered hub added between a problematic USB card reader and
computer fixed an unreliable situation here.
-Warren Block * Rapid City, South Dakota USA
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