Subject: Re: KA42 RDRX formatter questions
To: Roger Ivie , <>
From: Chris Tribo <>
List: port-vax
Date: 02/18/2000 16:54:31
on 2/16/00 4:07 PM, Roger Ivie at wrote:

>> I'm trying to format a MiniScribe 6053 44MB MFM drive on my MV3100/m30.
>> Since this drive isn't in the ROM catalog I need some help deciphering what
>> the formatter is asking me about. And where to find more info on it :) So
>> far I know it has 1024 cylinders, 5 heads and IIRC 17 sectors/track. Why
>> can't drive manufacturers print this info on the drive?! :)
> Until just last month I used to have a piece of paper taped to my
> filing cabinet with this info on it. Wouldn't you know that it would be
> needed just after I finally lost track of it.
> Fortunately, I once answered this question over on comp.os.vms.
> Going to and searching for "xbnsiz ivie" should find
> the article (it just worked for me). You'll have so search "past"
> messages, of course.
> Roger Ivie

    I did find it, thanks for the info! I have a hardcopy and I'll be sure
to stow those tid bits on my DEC info site when ever I get time to add the
VAX/PDP/Alpha/StrongARM sections :)


    "I use to be indecisive, now I'm not so sure..."