[iyonix-support] Re: Adding a drive

  • From: Chris Evans <chris@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: iyonix-support@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 18 Jul 2012 11:37:53 +0100 (BST)

On Wed 18 Jul, Alan Adams wrote:
> In message <gemini.m7cpq200528jl01s8.alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>           Alan Wrigley <alan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > I've got a spare hard drive which has been used on a PC and I would like to
> > re-format it for use as a second drive on the Iyonix. However, the Iyo will
> > not boot up with the drive attached - it just hangs forever at the Iyonix
> > splash screen. The jumpers are set correctly for slave. I've tried
> > Shift-Break but that makes no difference.
> > So I seem to be in a Catch-22 situation - I can't start the computer without
> > formatting the drive, and I can't format the drive without starting the
> > computer. Any suggestions?

It will give you a drive Icon with 5 under it if it has sensed a unformatted

Maybe the two drives don't like working together.

set the new drive as Master and put it on the second IDE bus
or if you don't have a second cable Put a copy of !HForm on floppy and set
the new drive as Master and put it on the primary IDE bus
> I would put it in a PC, boot a windows98 utility disk and use fdisk to 
> delete all partitions. You can also delete everything using Disk 
> Management in Windows. You could then create a single partition and 
> format that - long format so it wipes everything.

I've never heard of that being necessary!

RISC OS only looks for a valid 'Filecore' format, if that is not found it
assumes it is unformatted.
> You could also use a Linux live CD to do the same.
> I have used PC formatted discs in RO machines without the problem you 
> describe.

Chris Evans

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