CSC Hard Drive Testers...

From: Lyle Bickley <>
Date: Wed Feb 23 02:50:52 2005

I've used one of CSC's HDD testers for years. It only handles SCSI I -> SCSI
III (80 pin, SCA, etc.) and IDE drives. It will do forensic copies - and DOE
certifed erasing (for non-classified drives). It will clone SCSI to SCSI,
IDE to IDE, SCSI to IDE and vice-versa. You can buy ROM upgrades from CSC
(at about $100 a pop) to keep it up with the latest, greatest drives. It can
test drives, LL format and re-certify them. I wouldn't be without it...

I had to build my own tester for MFM and ESDI drives...


On Tuesday 22 February 2005 11:49, Joe R. wrote:
> A friend of mine just bought a fancy hard drive tester from CSC. Among
> other things, it can do "Forensic" backups of drives. I haven't looked at
> the details but I wonder if it can clone drives. I didn't look closely at
> the specs but I know it can handle several forms of IDE drives, SCA drives
> and SCSI drives. I don't know if it handles MFM, RLL, etc.
> Joe
> At 12:31 PM 2/22/05 +0000, you wrote:
> >A local chap just scored one of these old critters on EBay; it's running
> >happily but as it has a Seagate ST151 drive inside he was asking about
> >backing it up.
> >
> >We've been through the horrors of ST506 drives on here before so of
> >course dumping the drive in a PC with an MFM disk controller probably
> >won't help. From what he says the machine has the ability to back itself
> >up, but in order to restore from backup it needs either an operational
> >hard drive (low level formatted I assume) or some sort of boot floppy
> >(which he doesn't have)
> >
> >Anyone have one of these beasts with the necessary boot/util floppy that
> >it seems is needed to rebuild onto a new drive?
> >
> >(The machine itself sounds to be something of a monster - 68010 CPU, EGA
> >output, of course hard + floppy drives etc.)
> >
> >cheers
> >
> >Jules

Lyle Bickley
Bickley Consulting West Inc.
"Black holes are where God is dividing by zero"
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