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Thread: WDXT-GEN + Seagate ST225 lowlevel formatting take forever

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    Could be that the ST225 has died on me ofcourse (although tested it a few weeks back with success so would be bad luck)
    But I will test the numbers out tonight thanks for all the info
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck(G) View Post
    Perhaps, but there are certainly a lot of 225 corpses out there...
    I have three that format up OK in my 3174 screen controller and then start to lose bits over the next few days. I think any ST225 thats been moved but not parked is liable to die. Now using Dave Gesswein's MFM Emulator and all is sweetness and light.
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    I've found low level formats will run very long and not produce an error when there's a bad cable. If in doubt about the cables, buy some new cables, it can save hours of wasted time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JonnyGators View Post
    I've found low level formats will run very long and not produce an error when there's a bad cable. If in doubt about the cables, buy some new cables, it can save hours of wasted time.
    Was thinking about this as I was using a different cable then previously so changed it over, still no improvement.

    I have now tested with the same cables and an F320 card and that works without any problems.
    Could it be that the card is faulty ?
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    Ow and I am able to boot from the F320 formatted drive with the F300, so cables are certainly a-ok, as is also the drive.
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    Well, then it would seem that card is at least goofy. You never did say if it would format just a few tracks ok. I still suspect that a "dynamic" format might have behaved differently.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SomeGuy View Post
    Well, then it would seem that card is at least goofy. You never did say if it would format just a few tracks ok. I still suspect that a "dynamic" format might have behaved differently.
    Ah sorry, tested that, sounded the same, just shorter and then askes if I want to format the defective tracks and I answer N and it says "Nothing done"
    So goofy indeed yes
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    Hmmmmm, and not to give up, I tried it again just now with default settings and it is...formatting alright...
    Perhaps bad contact on the ISA bus or the pins for the cables, did check them out and they looked fine but that is all that it could have been I think right ?
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