[LUNI] precautionary tales: Win XP, NTFS, and SATA
Scott.Zionic at petersweb.com
Fri Nov 19 16:59:48 CST 2004
Chad Perrin wrote:
> The problem is, indeed, with drivers to a certain degree. I
> found out
> the hard way (when a client downloaded and installed SP2 against my
> explicit recommendations) that SP2's "security enhancements"
> automatically disable some SATA drivers because the drivers
> hadn't been
> registered with Microsoft early enough to make it into SP2's
> database of
> recognized drivers. As a result, the drive was rendered
> unbootable, and
> XP was made unrecoverable. The system required a reinstall.
Preventing a driver from loading doesn't destroy data. If a driver is
prevented from loading and causes a kernel panic then the system should
still be recoverable by doing a parallel install (assuming recovery console,
etc, doesn't work).
> Anecdotal instances of SP2 working properly for individuals
> mean nothing
> much, I'm afraid. Statistical studies have shown something
> like 10% of
> systems on which SP2 is applied suffering catastrophic
> problems. That's
> an incredible, and thoroughly unaccaptable, level of failure.
> is (again) falling down on the job.
That's such an incredible number that, frankly, I find it to be incredible.
I would be interested in a citation for such an incredibly high failure
> I've had problems getting Linux started/configured on occasion, when
> setting it up, but I've never had any problems with it
> suddenly deciding
> to destroy my system stability. Linux has a high learning curve, but
> it's well worth it to avoid a high incidence of failure.
I think it is much easier to prevent destruction of a Linux system and to
recover a Linux system that has gone tits up. Still, as frustrating as it is
to work with, Windows is recoverable a lot more often than most people
think. In my experience (about ten years working with some form of Windows
or other) inexperienced administrators throw in the towel and
reformat/reinstall in cases where the system is completely recoverable.
Linux has the significant advantage of one clear path to recovery that
almost always works: throw in a boot disk. Windows has a confusing mess of
recovery disks, "safe mode", "last known good", recovery console, etc.
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