3731question about hard drive analysis
- Jul 2, 2006I have a general question:
Let's say you get a pile of hard drives from the ST506-era MFM's.
What do you personally do to try to determine the status of the drives?
I put them into a working IBM XT and run a program I have called
Spinrite. It works great to recover a hard drive. If the drives had been
installed in a non-IBM system I assume that I can't read them right off,
but should not I be able to run fdisk or use a hard drive analysis program
at least? Once a drive has been formatted for PC DOS can you re-partition
and install in a different kind of system (like a DEC or Tandy?)
Any other methods out there? I ask because I am 4 for 4 bad hard disks
today and I wonder if maybe it's my method. Only two of the 4 report 1701
errors when the computer boots, so I wonder if maybe the other two are
simply too alien to be recognized by Spinrite?
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