From: Zia Iqbal (
Date: Wed Aug 17 1994 - 00:19:42 CDT

I managed to get the parameters from the Seagate people,
Here are the parameters to use to get the formatted 4.2 GB from Barracuda 4:

What I used:

cylinders: 3731
heads: 21
Alt cylinders: 2
Sectors/track: 107.

What was suggested from Seagate:
cylinders: 3711
heads: 21
rpm: max (less than 7200) allowed by the format command
Alt cylinders: 4
Sectors/track: 107.

Some people suggested the use of scsiinfo but having no man entry
for that command I could not get more than the target no for the
device using that command.
Another suggestion was to use scsiping but unfortunately that program
was not available, I'd appreciate if somebody can send the ftp site for
It was also suggested that I read my FAQ Log but unfortunately I do not
have internet access for anything other than ftp or mail.

Thanks to: (Russ Poffenbenger) (Eckhard Rueggeberg)
jloh@futon.SFSU.EDU Jonathan Loh

Original posting:
>Hi ,
>I recently purchased a Seagate Barracuda from one of our vendors
>the drive is going into a Sun sparc station2 running 4.1.3.
>The drive came unlabelled from the vendor, so I labelled the drive
>according to the no of cylinders recommended by the manual accompanying
>the drive ie 3711, formatted the drive after labelling and set out to
>partition it, labelling the partition with 3711 cylinders gives me
>6312411 blocks which would tranalate to 3.2 GB as compared to 4.2 GB
>which I should be getting.
>If any body has used seagate "barracuda 4 Family" (model # ST15150N/ND)
>I can certainly use some advice, possibly a format.dat entry if some body has one.

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