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Using DEBUG to Start a Low-Level Format
Article ID: 60089 - View products that this article applies to.
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The Western Digital 8-bit hard disk controller card ROM contains a low-level formatting utility. This utility can be started using the Microsoft MS-DOS DEBUG utility. Western Digital 16-bit controller cards need a disk-based formatter to do the low-level formatting.
For more information, contact Western Digital technical support and information center.
NOTE: Use the method listed below at your own risk.
Use the following procedure to perform a low-level format:
The following addresses are valid for BIOS low-level format routines on Western Digital hard disk controller cards when using DEBUG.COM to perform a low-level format:
The above information is valid not only for hard disk controller cards marketed directly by Western Digital, but also for hard disk controllers manufactured by Western Digital for other companies. For example, the Seagate ST-01 and ST-02 hard disk controllers are manufactured by Western Digital.
Address Description ---------------------- C800:5 Used by most Western Digital hard disk controllers for XT- and AT-compatible computers, including all WD-1007A series cards CA00:5 Alternate address used on some XT hard disk controller cards CC00:5 WD-1007V-SE1 and WD-1007V-SE2 controllers; WD-1003V-SR and WD-1006V-SR controllers, Revision F003 and F005 only (other SR-series controllers do not have onboard BIOS) CE00:5 Alternate address used on some XT hard disk controller cards
The addresses noted above as alternate addresses can usually be selected by installing jumpers on the hard disk controller card, for controllers that have alternate addresses. If the jumper on a card with alternate address capability is left disconnected, the default address (C800:5) is used.
The information above was obtained from sources independent of Microsoft; we make no warranty, implied or otherwise, regarding this information's accuracy or usefulness. This information is supplied only for your convenience.
Article ID: 60089 - Last Review: May 12, 2003 - Revision: 2.0