Subject: RE: largest disk in a vs4000/90
To: Carl Lowenstein <>
From: Peter Svensson <>
List: port-vax
Date: 07/27/2003 14:15:47
On Sat, 26 Jul 2003, Carl Lowenstein wrote:

> Actual hardware formatting of SCSI drives is something that is usually
> done once per lifetime of the drive, at the factory.  If it is done in
> the field, the formatting is performed by the drive's own firmware.
> All that the controlling computer does is start the format process
> and then wait for it to finish.

Also, not all drives survive a reformat. At least some strange oem seagate
drives fail after a reformat. The explanation I got from seagate was that
the drives stored some information on the platters, and that the 
information was overwritten by a low level reformat. Add two bookends to 
the collection...

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