Performing a Low-Level Disk Format (Server 315, 330)

Performing a Low-Level Disk Format

You can perform a low-level format on a hard disk drive using the Format Disk  feature of the SCSISelect Utility program.

Depending on the hard disk capacity, the low-level format program could take up to two hours.

When To Use the Low-Level Format Program

Use the Low-Level Format program:

NOTE: For information about backing up all of the files, see the operating-system documentation.

Starting the Low-Level Format Program

  The low-level format program erases all  data and programs.
  1.  If the hard disk is working, make a backup copy of all the files and  programs on the hard disk.
  2.  Select Format disk from the SCSISelect Disk Utilities menu,  then follow the instructions on the screen.

    NOTE:   Hard disks normally contain more tracks than their stated capacity  (to allow for defective tracks).  A message appears on the screen if the defect limit is reached.  If this happens, have the system serviced.

  3.  To install an operating system after the hard disk drive is formatted,  refer to the README file in Start Here on the ServerGuide Main CD.

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