Re: bad new large hard disk? [chirps]
"Richard E. Hawkins" wrote:
> I sent this earlier, but it doesn't seem to have made it to hte list . .
> This weekend, I tried installing the 20G IBM drive I picked up on
> vacation, and I think it has serious problem s :(
> It chirps, which seems to come haveter a major (loud) move of the
> heads. The bios can find the drive about half the time, and reports
> possible geometry choices, the least number of cylinders being 2053 or
> Neiter cfdisk nor fdisk, nor the FreeBSD utilities, can read the disk,
> reporting various timeout problems. The FreeBSD bootloader noticed that
> the disk existed--once.
> I've tried reading it on two different computers: the K6 on a Shuttle
> 603 where it's supposed to live, and on an IBM P133. Neither has been
> able to fdisk it.
> If this was a sub-1024 clinder disk, I'd have called to have it replaced
> by now. I'm hoping that I'm missing something that would let me
> initialize the disk and be on my way.
> Prof. Richard E. Hawkins, Esq. Smeal 178 (814) 375-4700
> These opinions will not be those of Penn State until it pays my
Seems like your disk is pretty much dead. There has been reports
earlier of IBM's being bad or getting bad very quickly. My guess is
they've accidentally sold a bad production run, and some of these
are still lying around waiting to be sold & replaced...
"I'm not a crook"