May 26, 2018
Allows formatting/partitioning/analysis/repairing of SCSI disks
The main advantages to the Sun format utility are
- Working surface analyze that will detect defective blocks that are going to get bad.
- Analyzing program that detects defective bearings in the disk -randrw.
- Will repair nearly any defective disk, that has no firmware bug or electric defect.
- Allows to clear the grown defect list if a disk.
- Disk geometry and label geometry are separated.
- Allows cheating in the label geometry to deal with the problems with the limitation to 16 bit data types in the Sun disk label.
- Large database of disks including firmware specials.
- You need no desk calculator to generate a partition table.
- size partition to end on end of disk
- partition following another partition
- partition ending before another partition
- shifting partition on the disk allows growing part 0 and shrinking part 1
- Partition consistency checker with ascii graphical display.
- Mode page interpreter allows to set easily all mode pages you will ever find in a manual, sformat needs not to know about them.
NOTE Sformat has its full functionality on SunOS/Solaris on sparc and Motorola systems, on all other systems sformat will create Sun disk labels with wrong byte-order, but formatting/analysis/ repair will work.