Formatting Drives (ServeRAID)

Formatting Drives

You can perform a low-level format on drives with RDY (Ready), EMP (Empty), SBY (Standby), SHS (Standby Hot-Spare), or HSP (Hot-spare) status.

Note: 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 operating system.

The ServeRAID configuration program provides a low-level format on a drive controlled by the ServeRAID adapter.

To perform a low-level format:
  1.  Start the ServeRAID configuration program (see 'Starting the ServeRAID Configuration Program')
  2.  Select Advanced functions from the Main Menu.
  3.  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.

  4.  Select Format drive.  The low-level format program starts.
  5.  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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