Subject: Re: Formatting drives
To: Roger Ivie <IVIE@cc.usu.edu>
From: Kevin McQuiggin <email@example.com>
Date: 04/10/1996 18:56:39
> It's a bit more complicated than that. There's a geometry table at the
> start of the drive (that's why you don't have to tell your VAX what "drive
> type" you have) and a bad block table at the end.
> As far as interleave goes, it's not _really_ critical; a drive will work at
> any interleave, it'll just be slower at some interleaves than at others.
> I.e., if interleave were the only problem, you could format a drive and
> have it useable even without knowing the proper interleave for the VAX.
Is there any source of info as to what the formatted drive has to look
like? I would be willing to write a program that does this, as long as I
can find out what the required format is.
I have a sick RD53 and would like to get it going again. DEC won't let me
use their diagnostic tape, and no one I can find has a Microvax 2000.
Kevin McQuiggin VE7ZD