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Should you format IDE drives in a Sun box?

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Should you format IDE drives in Solaris 9? And, with two newly 20g IDE hard disks installed, which I plan to mirror... when should I install the recommended OS 9 patches? Before or after I mirror both drives?

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Yes, format /newfs them if you don't want the old data, it doesn't usually matter, but patch first, just incase there is a bug in SDS
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I have two new 20g drives installed in Ultra 5 box.  How can I format these drives?  Can I just do a "boot -rv" at the ok prompt? What is the exact command?  I'm sorry.  I guess I worded my previous question wrong before.

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Do you already have an OS on the Ultra?  If so and you have attatched the disks, type
devfsadm
disks
and then type format and you should see them.
select the first one in format, and edit it's disk label to suit you, then newfs them.

If these are the only two disks on the system and you want to install Solaris from scratch, just boot from the CD, install on the first disk and then use SDS to mirror them.
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Thanks for clearing this up for me.  I will perform an install from scratch using the CD.

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