On Wed, Jun 29, 2005 at 12:56:12PM -0500, Steve Lord wrote:
> There are also cool bits of technology which use the rotational
> energy of the spinning down drive to dump the cache out to a special
> track (or this may be an urban legend, not sure).
This seems only to be true for very small writes. I suspect on power
loss a drive and finish writing the current sector.
Anyhow, I've tested power loss on drives with caching enabled and they
definatley do lose data. Sometimes a couple of MBs worth.
I don't know if this is true for all drives but NONE of the ones I had
access to when testing did anything like save the cache --- pretty
much all data that was inflight got lost.
> I did spend a bunch of time once ensuring that when you typed sync
> on xfs you could pull the power right after that and everything from
> before the sync survived.
I think this is probably still true. If I sync then drop power I
don't seem to have any problems provided caching is off.
If caching is enabled I still lose data. Linux does have a concept of
write barriers but these are presently not implemented for XFS right
now. Once they are I assume sunc + poweroff will be reliable with