SCO Unix, Xenix and ODT General FAQ
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Contributed by Bela Lubkin:
There are many ways to learn the old parameters. Perhaps the
easiest is this: connect it to a working system and dump the
contents of the drive, searching for "cyls=". See, somewhere on the
root filesystem on that drive are the files /usr/adm/messages and
/usr/adm/syslog, both of which will have a whole bunch of messages
%disk 0x01F0-0x01F7 14 - type=W0
unit=0 cyls=2434 hds=255 secs=63
(slightly different format for SCSI but the concept is the
You're looking for the messages associated with the drive.
For example, if you had an IDE drive installed as a secondary,
you'd need to do something like:
strings -a /dev/rhd10 | grep cyls= > /tmp/old-parms
Then look through the output. You will have lost the "%disk...
0x" parts because `strings` thinks a TAB is a non-printable char.
So the output might look like a bunch of:
14 - type=W0 unit=0 cyls=2434 hds=255 secs=63
lines. Pick out the appropriate entries. If they aren't all
identical, choose the one that appears most frequently. Apply those
parameters to the drive (see How do I repair a drive geometry problem?.
Then look at it with fdisk & divvy, see if things look sane (in
particular, you're looking for divvy to report sane filesystem
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