SCSI HD (50-pin) formatting question.

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Lifer
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My drive is the 4.5 GB IBM Ultrastar 2XP with 50-pin single ended SCSI-2 interface.

I'm trying to install it as the primary drive on a PowerMac 8500/150. When I try to initialize it with the OS 9 install CD using the drive utilities it says it "Cannot initialize a disk with non 512-byte sectors". (The HD is set as SCSI 0 and the CD-ROM is SCSI 3. Both are on the same SCSI cable.)

What does that mean? How do I format the thing? I note that the specs state a 512-740 byte sector size. Am I just SOL?
 

mastertech01

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Can you install OS 9 on a fat 32 partition? If so you can use Win98 boot disk, fdisk and format Fat32 which has a 512 default if I am not mistaken.
 

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Fat32 or any windows formats won't work on a macintosh system. You can use th Apple Disk Tools to solve your problem. Or drive setup. You shoudl create a boot disk and then run the Drive setup utility. You can also try apple's outdated Internal Format if that doesn't work is is incompatible.
 

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I ran the OS 9 install disk and ran the drive utility. That's actually what gave me that error when I tried mounting/initializing it. The Disk First Aid doesn't even see the drive since it hasn't been mounted yet. DiskWarrior doesn't see it either.
 

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<< Note: If your hard disk is not an Apple hard disk, you may need to use the disk utility software provided by the disk's manufacturer instead of Drive Setup. For more information, contact the manufacturer of the hard disk. >>



I found this statement on a MAC info website. Have you checked the manufacturers website for a MAC formatting utility?
 

odog

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isn't scsi id 0, usually reserved for the adapter?

what kind of adapter are you using? does that offer any help?
 

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Hmmm... My model of computer (different CPU speed, same model) is specifically listed as compatible here.


<< isn't scsi id 0, usually reserved for the adapter?

what kind of adapter are you using?
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No idea. The adapter is whatever is on the Apple's motherboard.



<< I found this statement on a MAC info website. Have you checked the manufacturers website for a MAC formatting utility? >>

Couldn't find any on their website.

Anyone wanna buy a brand new (almost) 4.5 GB SCSI drive? :p
 

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Try moving the SCSI ID to 1, and try again. Some SCSI controllers default to 0, others to 7.

If that doesn't work.. how much are you going to sell the drive for???

 

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<< Try moving the SCSI ID to 1, and try again. Some SCSI controllers default to 0, others to 7.

If that doesn't work.. how much are you going to sell the drive for???
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OK. I'll try that thanks. As for selling it, thanks for the offer but I may just try to sell it locally. I live in Canada and don't want to deal with cross border thing (even though I bought it from US mail order).