Drive(s)

Subject: Drive(s)
From: geoff-h -at- MTL -dot- FERIC -dot- CA
Date: Thu, 6 Mar 1997 09:31:33 -0600

Mike Graham asked about <<The host computer will move the
data from the cache module to the proper drive(s).>>

The problem with the (s) construction is that it's often
unclear to readers that you mean one or more drives would
be possible. That being the case, "to one or more drives"
is better. I also have some reservations about "proper",
since this implies the data goes to the correct drive;
without context, I'm not sure this is obvious or correct.
For example, if you're discussing RAID systems, it might be
better to simply say "drives" (or it might not, depending
on which RAID level you're talking about). Could you safely
delete the word, replace it with "correct", or adopt some
other workaround? Also, is it really the host computer that
divides the cache data? In many (most?) systems, it's
actually the RAID controller that does the work so that the
host cpu doesn't have to do it.

--Geoff Hart @8^{)} geoff-h -at- mtl -dot- feric -dot- ca
Disclaimer: Speaking for myself, not FERIC.

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