Windows with external portable hard drive (NTFS)
Broken: 2.68 on up
Short description of error
Drive takes a nap, Blender tries to save a frame, Blender disappears. Seems to be that Blender can't deal with any kind of drive latency, and furthermore when Blender can't write a file, it just dies.
Exact steps for others to reproduce the error
- Set Blender up to render a really hefty frame sequence (like 2 minutes per frame).
- Specify your portable drive with safety-locking mechanism as output destination.
- Watch as Blender refuses to wait 5 seconds for the drive to wake up and opts to kill itself instead. This may happen at any time, especially when you are doing other things in the background that cause the render to take longer (giving the drive time to fall asleep). I have not seen any error message when Blender crashes while failing to write a file. It should also be noted that the file usually seems to get written after all, but when Blender goes to check if it exists (I'm guessing that's what's happening) it crashes. The drive in question is capable of caching files in a solid state chip before writing them, so they likely don't touch the disk until after Blender crashes.