PC Adaptec SCSI BIOS format option?

From: Jules Richardson <julesrichardsonuk_at_yahoo.co.uk>
Date: Wed Jan 26 09:05:34 2005

Stupid question, but does anyone know if the SCSI BIOS format utility on
Adaptec 29160 or 2940 cards does bad block checking and reassignment?

I've got a 1GB Fujitsu SCSI drive here that has one dodgy block right in
the middle of the disk (according to the Linux badblocks util, which
still has a couple of passes to run).

Unfortunately I want the disk for my Tektronix, and I think bad block
mapping under Linux is only done at the filesystem level, rather than
Linux being able to low-level format the drive and map blocks out that

I'm a bit wary of the Adaptec BIOS utility - hopefully it won't trash
the drive...


Received on Wed Jan 26 2005 - 09:05:34 GMT

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