NetBSD Problem Report #4035

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Date: Sun, 24 Aug 1997 14:09:10 -0500 (CDT)
Subject: Install doc update for Amiga + multiple SCSI HD's
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>Number:         4035
>Category:       port-amiga
>Synopsis:       Need to add info about HDtoolbox + multiple HD's
>Confidential:   no
>Severity:       serious
>Priority:       medium
>Responsible:    gnats-admin
>State:          closed
>Class:          doc-bug
>Submitter-Id:   net
>Arrival-Date:   Sun Aug 24 17:05:02 +0000 1997
>Closed-Date:    Tue Dec 23 22:31:00 +0000 1997
>Last-Modified:  Tue Dec 23 22:35:57 +0000 1997
>Originator:     Jim Dutton
>Release:        1.2

System: NetBSD 1.2.1 NetBSD 1.2.1 (GENERIC) #0: Tue Mar 11 20:59:49 EST 1997 amiga

	When using multiple harddrives with different configurations, it
	is imperative that HDToolBox be given the correct data, or it
	may not properly format any given HD. This is irrespective of
	any ToolType which identifies the SCSI device.

	HDToolbox creates a working file which has drive specs in it.
	Every time HDToolBox is started, it rereads this permanent file.

	If two different HD's are used with different specs, this will
	cause HDToolBox to use the wrong drive specs for one of them,
	but it does not warn the user that it is reusing this spec

	Consequently, all of HDToolBox's functions work properly, but
	miscalculate HD layouts if the real drive doesn't match the
	specs in the permanent spec file. (see note in comp.unix.amiga
	for name of file)

	Requires two HD's with different geometries/layouts/specs.
	For example: 327MB Quantum HD and 511MB DEC HD, and using
	GVP and WordSync controllers, and two copies of the
	HDToolBox program, each with the approrpiate ToolType setting
	for the particular drive/controller.

	Set up HDToolBoxes for each drive (seperate copies).
	Use HDToolBox to format one drive.
	Use HDToolBox to format the other drive (using other copy
	of HDToolBox).

	Assuming that the HDToolBox "permanent file" contained the
	specs for one of these drives before beginning, then one
	of the drives will now use the layout specs stored in said
	file, and HDToolBox will miscalculate that HD's physical

       Before doing ANY formatting, use the option to define/set the
       TYPE of drive. Delete the old/existing data, and select the
       option to re-read the HD. This will ensure that the correct
       formatting data is used by HDToolBox. OK back to the main menu,
       and continue with whatever formatting process is necessary.

State-Changed-From-To: open->feedback 
State-Changed-By: is 
State-Changed-When: Mon Sep 8 04:26:54 PDT 1997 
This sound bogus to me. 
For all HDTOOLBOXes I have experienced (OS 2.04 and 3.1), it  was 
perfectly able to deal with multiple drives. 

All I needed to do was to  
- run it from the sasme directory always (e.g., launch it from the  
Workbench, or cd to sys: before starting it from a CLI) 
- before doing anything else with a new disk, make HDTOOLBOX read the drive 
parameters from the drive after klicking something like "define new drive", 
then, setting the new drives type to the drivetype just created. 

Doesnt this work for you? What is your HDTOOLBOX / native OS version? 

Ignatios Souvatzis 
State-Changed-From-To: feedback->closed 
State-Changed-By: is 
State-Changed-When: Tue Dec 23 14:31:00 PST 1997 
A short note about the problem has been added. 
(The installation docs already referred the users to their own HDTOOLBOX manual 
for details of the HDTOOLBOX operation.) 

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