[SATLUG] Bittorrent and Hard drive failure

Cheryl Holmes cherylholmes72 at gmail.com
Fri Jul 31 12:04:32 CDT 2009


never knew this about bit torrents. I'e done several before and perhaps that
created some of my issues in the past.  Great info to know about...thank you
for this info.

I'm still playing catch up with emails..been sick...sorry..c

On Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 7:43 AM, Justin Burdette
<justin.burdette at gmail.com>wrote:

> On Fri, Jul 31, 2009 at 07:18, MK Davis Jr<gtmo321 at earthlink.net> wrote:
> > Don Wright wrote:
> >>
> >> On Wed, 29 Jul 2009 15:00:10 -0500, MK Davis Jr <gtmo321 at earthlink.net>
> >> wrote:
> >>
> >>
> >>>
> >>> While doing  large bit torrent download, I've had two hard drives to
> fail
> >>> during or within days thereof.  I've googled  and there appears to be
> some
> >>> concern that a failure maybe caused by excessive  Hdrive usage.
> >>
> >> Hmm, I expected more responses by now. Time to stir the anthill.
> >>
> >> Yes, a bittorrent transfer is one of the more stressful uses of a disk
> >> drive. Consumer-grade drives were built with the expectation that disk
> >> access would be infrequent and mostly sequential. Bittorrent transfers
> >> (which by definition are both client and server) involve a lot of random
> >> positioning and continuous operation for hours at a time. They are much
> >> more like a database with random requests from hundreds of users than a
> >> simple file download.
> >> What can be done? 1. Install more RAM. Linux can use spare system memory
> >> to make disk
> >> access faster and easier on the hardware.
> >> 2. Turn off unneeded options. Add noatime to the /etc/fstab entry for
> >> your data drive so every read of a file doesn't cause a write to the
> >> directory. (You _do_ have a separate data drive, yes?)
> >> 3. Keep it cool. Running a drive close to the maximum temperature
> >> aggravates the stress on its components.
> >> 4. Slow it down. Consider limiting the torrent bandwidth usage and
> >> number of connections. This will reduce the number of read/write
> >> requests per second, allowing the drive some breathing room.
> >> 5. Throw technology at it. RAID can spread the workload among multiple
> >> drives and reduce the chance of expensive data loss when a cheap drive
> >> fails.
> >> 6. Get a bigger truck. Perhaps you should be using server drives that
> >> are built, warranted, and priced for such heavy use.
> >>
> >> I like Bittorrent because it spreads the pain around. Unfortunately
> >> there's also more pain to be spread around.  --Don
> >>
> >>
> >
> > Thank you for your comments and suggestions.  I did manage to recover my
> > most important data...must remember to backup bookmarks and address book.
> >
> > Mike
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> A side thought for backing up bookmarks...I've been using Xmarks
> (formerly Foxmarks) to sync my Firefox/IE bookmarks across the various
> computers I use, as well as my Firefox Portable on my flash drive.
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