You may click the image to magnify. Special problems arise, when more than one operating system should be installed on the hard disk. There are a few reasons for a DOS test setup. Retrieved from ” https: It’s possible to format hard- and soft-sectored drives.

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As you can see, the user has to know the correct skew value. This makes the Compaq card slightly faster than the WDV. Now you have to configure at least one logical volume for the drive. Since head switch time and cylinder-to-cylinder access time differ from drive to drive, the controller has ccontroller calculate the best skew factors. I never felt the urge to try soft sectoring.

This means, the addressable storage space under DOS maxes out at , byte.

Enhanced Small Disk Interface

Only 10 bits are available to encode the cylinder number. Alas, wdfmt doesn’t seem to low-level-format the drive properly, at least not in a class machine.

For info on Western Digital controllers see http: These however had been made non-functional in the later platform BIOSes and don’t work. Most common interface for enterprise HDDs. For this purpose ESDI drives come with a termination resistor network that can be removed or disabled by a jumper when it is not used.


The OMTI maps controler defects by default and leaves you with an error free drive after low-level-format. Thorough verify is mandatory for a production system.

You may force soft sector mode for the 10MHz and 15MHz drives, by placing a jumper at location W1, I hadn’t been that desperate to try installing the DX Type-0 platform in my and see if I get the front drivebays going with that.

Use hard sectored drives with Ultrastor controllers. It operates hard sectored drives up to 36 sectors per fontroller. They just refused to see the drive at all, even if the drive and cabling setup is correct.

Hard sectoring allows a selection of sector size normallyor bytes per formatted sector. The ACB uses defect mapping by default and leaves you with an error free drive after low-level-format.

Hard disk drive interface

Now the user can choose a drive type from the xontroller bios, which reflects but not exceeds the storage capacity of the ESDI drive. For 10MHz and 15MHz drives it will low-level-format in soft sector mode to 35spt, respectively 52spt, regardless of the drive setup.

An interleave of 2 should be chosen.

Capacities of the drives are boosted by putting more sectors on each track. If the drive should be splitted in two logical drives, a Jumper has to be installed at the J location of ACBD before the drive is low level formatted. In this case enter the physical drive contoller into the system BIOS.


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Note the address setting. Last step is to calculate the emulated disk geometry for the system drive table or user defined drive type if available or to choose one of the BE drive types.

Not only does this waste space, it also and more importantly causes you grief with bad see the section on bad The micro channel ESDI controller is configured through the reference disk. When the disk is in operation, the disk accesses are checked against the table read from the disk. Now storage addressing is limited to cylinders, 64 heads, and the physical sectors per track count.

One main reason for it is the drive spin. With the controller BIOS the low-level-format, as well as defect management and drive geometry translation is done. A spare sector is consumed in exchange for a sector in a defective area.