Imaging DEC uVAX MFM drives
Roy J. Tellason
rtellason at verizon.net
Wed Aug 30 12:21:59 CDT 2006
On Tuesday 29 August 2006 05:04 pm, Chuck Guzis wrote:
> On 8/29/2006 at 1:47 PM Zane H. Healy wrote:
> >I suspect, but this is only a guess, that the issue is the way the DEC MFM
> >drives are formated. There are only two ways that I'm aware of to format
> >an MFM drive for use on a VAX. One is with a MicroVAX/VAXstation 2000
> >(formatter is built into the ROM's), the other is with the Field Service
> >Diagnostics (customer diagnostics can't format drives).
> Bingo. Even back in the old PC XT/AT MFM days, you couldn't always take an
> MFM drive formatted on one manufacturer's controller and use it as-is on
I also remember some instances where you couldn't replace a failed controller
with another one of the same brand, but of a different model. And sometimes
even if they were the same model, but different "BIOS" (?) or other software
revisions would screw things up.
Why was that?
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