I have a couple Seagate Baracuda 9gb SCSI drives, and a Adaptec 2940UW SCSI Controller.
I started to format one of the drives with the bios control program of the Adaptec controller. The format appeared to start and run, but the Adaptec board never turned on the HD LED, and the drive didn't make any other sounds other than the normal sound it makes while runing. After about one hour I stopped the format process. It appeared to be working because the partition information was gone, and the drive was not usable in it current condition. I then started the format again and let it run for two hours before I had to leave, so I left it running.
Questions: Should the Adaptec controller drive activity LED be on during the format process?
How long should it take to format this drive?
My thoughts are that the bios of the drive does the format, and the controller just initializes the process, so it doesn't indicate activity because it isn't actually doing the format.