Toshiba disk low performance

Valeri Galtsev galtsev at
Thu Jun 7 17:25:27 UTC 2018

On 06/07/18 11:54, Christos Chatzaras wrote:
> I test it with 3 different servers with Toshiba HDDs. The disks are new, only few hours in usage. I don't think they have any bad sectors.

This is exactly why we have virtually no Toshiba hard drives around. 
Also, neither of vendors who build machines which we buy uses Toshiba 
drives. And once we notice hardware from some vendor does not behave 
decently over time (about 6 years is a must), we abandon such vendor for 

"Pricegrabber" is your enemy when hardware is concerned. Once someone 
stated it so well, that I just keep repeating it. If you can spend 
10-15% more but get definitely good reliable hardware, do it. Otherwise 
you will pay much more with your time, and will pay to replace failed 
hardware soon as well.

But alas, the market is driven by mass customer who does not care about 
the above, and keeps paying what looks like much less for something that 
is not worth it.


>> On 7 Jun 2018, at 19:19, Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at> wrote:
>> On Thu, 7 Jun 2018 18:02:03 +0300
>> Christos Chatzaras <chris at> wrote:
>>> I order a new dedicated server from a provider. The server has 2 Toshiba
>>> disks and the disk peformance is very slow.
>> 	I have had similar experiences with Toshiba drives, it improves
>> somewhat when they have finished remapping all the bad sectors IME.
>> -- 
>> Steve O'Hara-Smith <steve at>
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Valeri Galtsev
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