Subject: RE: largest disk in a vs4000/90
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From: Gregg C Levine <>
List: port-vax
Date: 07/25/2003 21:57:15
Hello from Gregg C Levine
Antonio, how do you prepare your disk drives for your operating
system? I seem to recall, and just had it proven for the operating
systems for the Evil Empire, that the drive needs to be formatted
before it can be used. Normally the hardware manufacturer provides the
media for that purpose. Sometimes it's floppy, and a CD, sometimes two

I have watched NetBSD install itself on I386 branched, hardware, and
its an interesting process. And I have watched the other related
operating system install itself, and its an equally interesting

That being stated, can an IDE/ATA type drive be attached to a VAX, via
the appropriate after-market board? Or even a non-DEC specified, SCSI
disk drive, again via an after-market board? Remember, I am normally a
lurker who typically uses the Intel family of neurotic hardware.
Gregg C Levine
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: []
> Behalf Of Antonio Carlini
> Sent: Friday, July 25, 2003 6:30 PM
> To:
> Subject: RE: largest disk in a vs4000/90
> > I have a 4000 60 with no ram (i.e., only 8mb), and use that
> > as a drive formatter box.
> Having never formatted a SCSI disk in all my life, I guess
> I must be missing something! Why do you format them?
> Antonio
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> Antonio Carlini