Plus Hardcard 20 software?
trixter at oldskool.org
Thu Aug 14 20:43:51 CDT 2008
Gene Buckle wrote:
> On Thu, 14 Aug 2008, Jim Leonard wrote:
>> I was attempting to reformat it so that I could get more speed out of
>> it (interleave is 5:1 on the disk but my 8088-2 clone runs at 9.54MHz
>> and can do faster). I borked it trying to use HDPARM. Thankfully
>> Jerry Wright was able to find the original diskette and I have
>> restored the drive to service! Awesome!
> Jim, the next time you need to adjust the interleave on a drive, use
> SpinRite. It does transfer rate testing and will come up with the best
> interleave for your configuration.
Spinrite has been put into doubt over the last decade for me due to many
factors. That notwithstanding, I did attempt it and Spinrite says that
the controller is translating and that it won't touch it.
The truth is that the on-board BIOS clears the screen and displays a
message essentially saying "your low-level format attempt was stopped so
that the existing bad sector mapping table could be preserved, press
ctrl-alt-delete" (although powering the system off is actually what is
required to continue). So that's the real reason SpinRite won't touch it.
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