andrew at shopcusa
Sep 14, 2007, 1:40 PM
Post #6 of 8
Tim Bates wrote:
Re: Slightly OT: Anyone got a PXE bootable HDD low level format tool?
[In reply to]
> Slightly off topic, but does anyone have a utility for low level
> formating Maxtor ATA hard disks that can be booted from PXELinux (either
> as some kind of binary or as a floppy image)?
> I just went to get the official tools, but they only have a floppy
> creator (which won't help me in Linux, or without a floppy drive) and a
> CD ISO. And it seems 99% of 3rd party software is unhelpfully the same
> (or is a Windows program).
www.micro2000.com - Microscope. I forget what the commitment is, I want
to say $99 / every other major version. (not forced to upgrade)
Back in the day, they were most vendors source for Low Level Format. The
format seems to be flawless across any drive we have tried it on. I wish
I could say the same about the rest of the program. I currently have
10/11/12/2005 on my pxe/isolinux setups, as the latest version doesn't
always support older hardware (Locks up during system detection).
Quote from their site: "*Low Level Format* - Performs or initiates a
low-level format on all drive types (MFM, RLL, ESDI, SCSI, SATA, and all
IDE drives) even if the BIOS LBA functions are enabled. This includes
factory-type initialization of all IDE & EIDE drives as well as access
to true factory-style format routines."
Hope it helps..
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