Formatting Drives (ServeRAID)
perform a low-level format on drives with RDY (Ready),
EMP (Empty), SBY (Standby), SHS (Standby Hot-Spare), or HSP (Hot-spare) status.
The Format drive choice on the IBM RAID Subsystem Diagnostics
menu provides a low-level format. If you install a new hard disk drive
that requires a standard format, use the Format command provided by the
The ServeRAID configuration program
provides a low-level
format on a drive controlled by the ServeRAID adapter.
To perform a low-level format:
- Start the ServeRAID configuration program (see 'Starting the ServeRAID Configuration Program')
- Select Advanced functions from the Main Menu.
- Select IBM RAID Subsystem Diagnostics from the Advanced Functions menu.
A low-level format erases all data and programs from the hard disk drive.
Before proceeding, back up any data and programs
that you want to save.
- Select Format drive.
The low-level format program starts.
- Follow the instructions on the screen.
You can perform a low-level format on
more than one drive at a time.
Note: If formatting is interruppted, the drive being formatted might display as an Empty state (- - -) or blank
in the Bay/Array selection list. Select the drive, and format it again.
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