Thanks, I got copies of SPEEDSTOR, but do you have a copy of MAXLLF you can upload? My Google searches are suggesting sites I don't trust.See my post on the previous page about MAXLLF. That woks on all brands of IDE drives.
It seems like the last post on pages never gets seen.
After thinking about it, your best bet for MFM/RLL and SCSI systems is probably just to keep a couple of machines around with well known good interface cards (formatters in BIOS) and long cables that you can just run inside a machine without unmounting the drives. Of course, with MFM and RLL drives, they will then appear completely unformatted to the original controllers.
Edit...shiiii last post again.
Do you have any similar utilities for non-Seagate drives?
I think that this is barking up the wrong tree. There are lots of things that MAXLLF won't work on.
INT 13 wipers, on the other hand, will generally work with any drive that is recognized by the system, regardless of interface.
Well, there are darned few IDE drives that allow for a "low level format"--i.e. writing out ID address marks. If this utility simply overwrites any data using ordinary write commands, it should say so.
So, exactly what does the utility do and how does it go about doing it?
I think I see. It writes zeroes to non-Maxtor drives, but can low-level format some early Maxtor IDEs.
But I think the objective here was to have a universal way to do this all on minimal hardware without changing the system around. On IBM PC style computers this can be as little as an 8088 CPU. Practically speaking a hard disk system probably would not have had less than 128k, but it is technically possible.I'd imagine you can accomplish that with Linux, with "really old disks" support