Jeffrey L Bromberger
jeffrey at sci.ccny.cuny.edu
Wed Apr 3 01:51:22 AEST 1991
In article <1991Apr1.023108.22419 at sci.ccny.cuny.edu> I wrote:
>That's when my primary drive (an old DEC RD-52)
>finally bit the dust. It looks like one of the heads crapped out, as
>the errors hit starting on block 64 (maybe the 8th head). No problem,
Well, it wasn't the drive. Must've had a brownout, cause the drive
formatted on my stock 7300 (1/2Mb, no DRUN, no ICUS). Once I can
scrape up the $$$, I'll get a UPS. But that's besides the point.
>With or without the ICUS board, with or without the 2010, with or without
>the terminating resistor block, I get the same thing.
>And I know the machine works! I can read both disks (at
>least the first disk reads until the errors hit). It ran fine.
>Except it won't format.
>Can *ANYONE* give me an idea as to what might be going on???
I *am* able to get the MAXTOR to format on the stock machine.
Unfortunately, it's formatted as the 67Mb size. Almost 100 Megs of
wasted space. :-(
Can a WD2010 be functional but not work when it comes to formatting?
Could the ICUS board extend some things so far that it won't work? I
realize that I had initial problems with the board - the ribbon cable
from the main board to the upgrade board was soo long (8 inches) that
I had timing problems. Now, the cable is 2 inches long (plug
included). The machine runs (well, ran) fine with the shorter cable -
the longer one gave almost 4 megs a day of HDERR's. The ECO wires I
added to the board for the ICUS socket are all as short as possible.
They all are intact. No spare loops :-)
Has anyone else had this problem? Up until the mods to the main
board (about 2 years ago), it formatted drives. Come to think of it,
I haven't needed to format drives since then. Is anyone out there
willing to format the MAXTOR for me since I cannot? :-) Maybe
someone just wants to buy it? It's only got 1 hour of spin-time on
Jeffrey L. Bromberger
System Operator---City College of New York---Science Computing Facility
jeffrey at sci.ccny.cuny.edu jeffrey at ccnysci.BITNET
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