• Subject: Re: Verifying Optical
  • From: "R. Bruce Hoffman, Jr." <rbruceh@xxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 05 Mar 1999 14:52:23 -0500

John Hall wrote:
> Maybe it is no longer necessary to validate media because the
> probability of failure is so low ?

Well, so far I would say that I've installed more than 50 RISC versions
and releases from CDs.  I have *yet* to have a failure on reading.  The
early RISC opticals were much more sensitive, but, again no failures
that I've see.

Now tape...  I *have* had failures there, and one in particular left the
machine as a vegatable requiring a *scratch* install from the full
backup I took *just* before the install.

As always, take that backup.  It *is* critical.

Good luck.


R. Bruce Hoffman, Jr. -- IBM Certified AS/400 Administrator

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