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I have a Quantum Fireball ST3.2S for which I need a format.dat configuration. I got number off their web site, but I think I need something called "bpt" for the format.dat file. I also need partition information (e.g. a=, b=, c=).
Anyone know where I can get this info? Their tech support was no help.
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by:vkg063097
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Hello,
what is your operating system ? We have installed Firewall ST2.1S drive on our unixware machines and they run quite well.
BTW here is a part of man page from format.dat

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 Note: under SunOS 5.x, bpt is  only  required                    for  SMD  disks.   Under  SunOS  4.x, bpt was                  required for all disk types, even  though  it                    was only used for SMD disks.


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The partition information is whatever you want to put in the disk, just leave the third partition (slice 2 in Solaris, former partition "c" in SunOS) containing the full disk. The others you can fill at will.

bpt I think is "bytes per track" and is usually included with the dociumentation of your disk.

You can generate your own forma.dat entry, just follow one of the entries already in the file and add the information of you drive. Most information is easy to obtain (cylinders, heads, rpm, etc).
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