Subject: Re: Can't partition and format Sun3 disk
To: Denis Fortin <>
From: Mauricio Tavares <>
List: port-sun3
Date: 12/28/1995 16:28:08
While shopping for shruberries, Denis Fortin pondered:
> On Thu, 28 Dec 1995, Mauricio Tavares wrote:
> > While shopping for shruberries, Brett Glass pondered:
> > > Can it instruct the Emulex bridge board to do a low-level format on the 
> > > drive?
> > 
> > 	AFAIK, there is a command called rzdisk that allows you to low
> > level format a hard drive.
> rzdisk?  really?  Are you sure that this wasn't an Ultrix-only command?
> (Digital's SCSI disks used to be the RZ series in the DECsystem 5000 days
> and I always thought that the "rzdisk" command was simply a simple
> Ultrix-only command that DEC whipped up to provide an interface to some of
> the SCSI-specific ioctls that those RZ disks had.)
	You are probably right.  You can see my Ultrix background does 
show a little bit, doesn't it? =)  Now, couldn't it be something like 
that for the Sun?  I mean, glancing through my copy of "Essential System 
Administration," I find a reference to a program called, believe it or 
not, "format" that is supposed to format the drive before you run newfs 
or mkfs.  

I will check it out in my Sparc account later on and post my findings.

> Denis, who still has an RZ57 hanging off his Windows 95 PC (yes I know 
>        that it's weird)
	Windows 95?  Micro$oft?  Aaargh!  Don't say those names. =)


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