Subject: Re: Formatting an RD53
To: Sune Stjerneby <>
From: Brian D Chase <>
List: port-vax
Date: 06/08/1999 13:45:45
On Tue, 8 Jun 1999, Sune Stjerneby wrote:

> I have an RD53 sitting idling in my uVAX-II. I'd like to format it for
> NetBSD usage (it's currently recognized as an RD51, though there's
> printed RD53 on the Maxtor drive itself) - is there anyway I can do
> this without getting the proper DEC service tape?

It's possible to format MFM drives to a DEC flavored low-level format by
using the built-in disk formatting utilities included with the VAXstation
2000 ROM.  Figuring out the format parameters for a an RD53 might be a bit
tricky.  Somewhere buried in the list mailings there is information about
using the 2000's formatter to low-level format an RD32.  So that's sort of
half of a pointer to some potentially useful information.

Brian "JARAI" Chase | | VAXZilla LIVES!!!