chris> On Sat, Jul 14, 2001 at 11:05:36PM -0700, John Alvord wrote:
chris> In the IBM solution to this (1977-78, VM/CMS) the critical data was
chris> written at the begining and the end of the block. If the two data items
chris> didn't match then the block was rejected.
chris> Simple and effective. Presumably you can also checksum the block, and
chris> check that.
There is the rumor (I can't confirm that), that you need checksums,
that some disks are able to write well the beginning & the end of the
sector and put garbage in the middle in the case of problems. I
have never been able to reproduce that errors, but ....
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