Subject: Re: Drive Jumpers for Adaptec 1542B and Seagate ST4376N drive...
To: Randy Terbush <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: David Maxwell <email@example.com>
Date: 06/15/1995 00:36:14
> > [I said]:
> > refrain, low-level formatting will cause you many more headaches than it
> > will solve.
> I disagree. There was once a time when it was SOP to low-level *any*
> drive after it was installed. This was largely due to head/gravity
> issues with older drives. That has probably long since been resolved,
> but I have found that a clean slate has gotten me out of more trouble
> than it has caused.
Naturally everyone has different experiences. I won't belabour the point,
but I did want to make sure that any young ears didn't get the wrong
impression from anything here. This was a SCSI specific discussion.
ST506 and ESDI drives require low-level formatting. SCSI drives _sometimes_
need low-leveling, and IDE drives should _NEVER_ be low level formatted.
(Just hoping to save someone from frying a drive someday...)