Using the SCSI Utility program - (NF 8500R - Type 8681)

Using the SCSISelect Utility program

Note: If the server has a redundant array of independent disks (RAID) adapter installed, use the configuration method that comes with the RAID adapter to view or change SCSI settings for attached devices.

The server comes with a menu-driven configuration utility, called SCSISelect, that allows you to view and change SCSI settings.

You can use the SCSISelect Utility program to:

Starting the SCSISelect Utility program:

You can access this program when you start the server.
The SCSISelect prompt appears after the IBM logo appears.
Press Ctrl+A immediately after the SCSISelect prompt appears:

<<< Press <CTRL><A> for SCSISelect™ Utility! >>>

Use the Up Arrow (  ) or Down Arrow (  ) key to move the highlight bar to the various menu choices.
Press Esc to return to the previous menu.
Also, you can press the F5 key to switch between color and monochrome modes (if the monitor permits).
To change the settings of the displayed items, follow the directions on the screen.
Then, press Enter.

SCSISelect Utility program choices: The following choices appear on the SCSISelect Utility program menu:

Configure/view host adapter settings: To view or change the SCSI controller settings, select Configure/View Host Adapter Settings and follow the directions on the screen.

Note: On the SCSISelect Utility program menu, the SCSI controller is referred to as the Host Adapter .

This menu has the following choices:

To reset the SCSI controller defaults, press F6; then, follow the directions on the screen.

SCSI disk utilities: To see the IDs that are assigned to each SCSI device or to format a SCSI device, select SCSI Disk Utilities from the SCSISelect Utility program menu.

To use the utility, select a drive from the list. Read the screens carefully before making a selection.

Note: If the following screen appears, you might have pressed Ctrl+A before the selected drives were ready.
Restart the server and watch for the SCSISelect messages as each drive spins up.
After the drive that you want to view or format spins up, press Ctrl+A.


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

The amount of processing time that the low-level format program requires will vary according to the hard disk drive capacity.

When to use the low-level format program: Use the Low-Level Format program:

Note: For information on backing up all of your files, see the operating-system documentation.

Starting the low-level format program   -Attention- The low-level format program erases all  data and programs.

Note: If the server has a RAID adapter installed, refer to the RAID adapter documentation for instructions for performing a low-level format on a hard disk drive attached to the PCI RAID adapter.

  1.  If the hard disk is working, make a backup copy of all the files and programs on the hard disk drive
  2.  Select Format Disk; 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, follow the instructions in the 'ServerGuide and Netfinity Manager Information'  section of this Server Library.

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