I just bought three Atlas 10K III 36GB drives. Two from one source and one from another.
I cannot get any of them to work completely as I expected. I doubt all three drives would have problems so I'm probably doing something wrong. If anyone can advise, I'd be grateful.
Motherboard - Asus P2B-S (onboard Adaptec U2W, UW, W)
RAM - 3x128MB
CPU - Celeron 566@850 (100MHz FSB)
This system has run flawlessly with around 10 SCSI drives over the years (Seagate Barracuda, Seagate Cheetah, IBM 36LZX, etc.) Currently it is running just a single 36GB IBM 36LZX.
The first drive I attached at SCSI ID=6 and tried to low level format it with the SCSI Disk Utility (Ctrl-A during bootup). As mentioned in another post, I received this error:
Unexpected SCSI Command Failure
Target SCSI ID: 6
SCSI CDB Sent: 03 00 00 00 0E 00
SCSI Controller Status: 00h - No SCSI controller error
Target Status: 02h - Check condition
Sense Key: 05h - Illegal request
+Sense Code: 26h
+Sense Code Qualifier: 02h
I went on to fully Verify it in the SCSI Disk Utility! It also handled an FDISK partitioning, Win98SE Format, and Win98SE Thorough ScanDisk without any problems. Still, the low level format error made me think I had a bad drive.
When I got the next Atlas 10K III in, I put it in the same setup at ID=6 and happily found it would low level format without error. I then unhappily found it would not verify in FDISK, kept halting with a runtime divide by zero error.
So I put the third Atlas 10K III in the comp and unhappily found it would not low level format, giving me the same error listed above that the first drive did. This one, like the first one, would fully Verify in the SCSI Disk Utility (Ctrl-A) as well as work in FDISK. However, it has an NFTS partition, that I cannot remove in FDISK.
All of these operations were performed with the drives mounted in the built-in vertical drive bracket on an Addtronics case. I then tried troubleshooting by using them horizontally, using a different LVD cable, and finally trying them as the only drive on the chain and in the ID=0 position. Same results every time.
What am I doing wrong?