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Author Formatting drive to take OpenVMS

Posts: 20
Joined: 27.08.15
Posted on April 14 2017 11:31
Hi, I bought a VAX machine which has had it's hard-drive totally rubbed for security reasons. I'd like to put OpenVMS on this machine but have never done an install before. Could someone firstly give me clear instructions please how to format the hard-disk, and any labels I should add, and anything else. I've got an OpenVMS 7.3 CD. The machine is a VAXStation 4000 60.
Thanks smiley
Author RE: Formatting drive to take OpenVMS

Posts: 443
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on April 14 2017 16:35
As long as the vendors low level format is intact on the drive, the VMS install procedure will handle initializing a filesystem on it and ask you for what labels you want on it.

If the low-level format is gone, then I am not sure that there are any tools available for mere mortals that can reformat it for a reasonable cost.

Just boot the to the CD.
Author RE: Formatting drive to take OpenVMS

Posts: 7
Location: [World.Europe.Germany.NRW.DUS]
Joined: 08.03.12
Posted on April 15 2017 01:41
Quick and Clean:
1.) Check the Drive for Bad Blocks from console
- Set Disk to SCSI ID 3 unterminated
- >>>Show Dev
(Check that Disk ist recognized as dka300 with expected capacity
- >>> test /util SCSI 3
(Select SCSI ID 3, lun 0, OK to confirm)
Wait...Hopefully 0 badblocks

2.) Attach SCSI CD-ROM with 512 Bytes per sector Mode to SCSI ID 5
->>> boot dka500
(Type Date 17-Apr-2017 11:20)
To Transfer the Image that makes Disk useable and bootable:
$ Backup /Image dka500:vms073.b /save_set dka300:
Press interupt Switch
>>> Boot dka300

Continue Installation :-)

Good luck, Peter
Author RE: Formatting drive to take OpenVMS

Posts: 20
Joined: 27.08.15
Posted on April 17 2017 14:16
Thank you for your replies Malmberg and Peter. Very grateful Peter I followed your clear and easy instructions and have loaded OpenVMS on VAX for the first time smiley I know now too what to do in future and can hopefully (probably help needed) get some old VAXen up to the current OpenVMS 7.3 from 5.5.
Author RE: Formatting drive to take OpenVMS

Posts: 443
Joined: 15.04.08
Posted on April 18 2017 02:57
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