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Initialize SCSI drive in mac OS X?

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I've installed a Seagate 17g 10K SCSI drive in my AGP Graphics G4 466mhz on my adaptec 39160 card...system profiler sees the drive OK but everything that I've tried fails to initialize it.  started up in OS9 to run "drive setup" but get an "initialization failed" message there.  "disk utility" in OS X gives me an "unknown error" message when I try to "ERASE" the drive.  (?)  Thanks!!

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by:weed
ID: 10792051
Do you have all the firmware and software updates for the 39160 card? Check versiontracker.
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by:tsgtexasscreen
ID: 10792337
went to v.t.-found driver for 39160 and installed it.  Disk Utility still gives me an "unkown error" (?)

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by:weed
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Did you use 1.2.0 or 1.3?
http://www.versiontracker.com/php/search.php?mode=basic&action=search&str=39160&plt%5B%5D=macosx&x=14&y=10

Have you played with any of the jumpers on the back of the drive?
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by:tsgtexasscreen
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not really.  I did jump the "motor start enable" pair at the J2 position.  I'm pretty sure that I saw the drive identified as having an ID # of 7.
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by:weed
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Bring the drive ID down to something lower, but unused. Try 2 or 4. Take all the jumpers off except for the drive ID jumpers.

Which software did you use? 1.2 or 1.3?
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by:tsgtexasscreen
ID: 10792646
will do.  1.3
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by:tsgtexasscreen
ID: 10792795
Wait--I'm sorry, the drive ID is 0, the card is 7.
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by:weed
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use 2 or 4.
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by:tsgtexasscreen
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OK--took the jumper off of J2, set the ID to 4.  Disk utility takes longer to return the "unknown error" message but otherwise no difference.
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by:weed
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Rather than Initialize, try a reformat.
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by:tsgtexasscreen
ID: 10793458
using disk utility I tried to reformat to a single partition, Mac OS extended instead of the "journaled" format that it showed to have and got the same error message. (I think this is what you meant anyway)
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by:weed
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Does this drive and card work in any other machine?
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by:tsgtexasscreen
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card worked fine in another machine.  it's a new drive.
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The fact that it's new doesnt mean its working. Try it in another machine.
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