Subject: Re: Formatting an RD53
To: Sune Stjerneby <>
From: Blake Yeager <>
List: port-vax
Date: 06/08/1999 16:54:19

From the >>> prompt on the VS2000 you enter TEST 70 to format the disk
TEST 71 to verify. There is an old thread on comp.sys.dec that talks

look here:[ST_rn=ps]/getdoc.xp?AN=155464186&CONTEXT=928878198.552665234&hitnum=4


Brian D Chase wrote:
> 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.
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