[Beowulf] Re: failure trends in a large disk drive population

Richard Walsh rbw at ahpcrc.org
Tue Feb 20 07:39:36 PST 2007

David Mathog wrote:
> throwing scan errors is on the way out.  Quite surprising about the
> lack of a temperature correlation though.  At the very least I would
> have expected increased temps to lead to faster loss of bearing
> lubricant.  That tends to manifest as a disk that spun for 3 years
    Not sure the vapor pressure of the perfluoroethers that they use as 
    varies that much over the operating temperature regime of a disk 
drive.  If one
    can assume it is insignificant, then age alone would be the major 
    factor here (that is "hot" drives would not lubricant-age any faster 
that merely
    wam drives).

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