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    Formatting SCSI hard drive


    I have a SCSI hard drive that I attempted to install IRIX on. I don't know what the IRIX installer did to the drive, but I cannot get anything else to format that drive now. Is there a way in Linux to format a drive that no other operating system seems able to format? Or am I just trying to revive a dead drive?

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    Did you try downloading the Gparted Live CD and trying that?

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    Whats the output of fdisk -l command? Have you tried GParted LiveCD as suggest by DLG?
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    I have not tried the GParted Live CD. Problem is that the only computer I have that has a SCSI interface, is an old SGI Indy. I don't believe the GParted Live CD will work on the Indy.

    Here's the output of fdisk -l

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    indy:~# fdisk -l
    
    Disk /dev/sdb (SGI disk label): 33 heads, 62 sectors, 1011 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 2046 * 512 bytes
    
    ----- partitions -----
    Pt#    Device  Info     Start       End   Sectors  Id  System
     1: /dev/sdb1  boot       301      1010   1452660  83  Linux native
     2: /dev/sdb2  swap        51       300    511500  82  Linux swap
     9: /dev/sdb3               0        50    104346   0  SGI volhdr
    11: /dev/sdb4               0      1010   2068506   6  SGI volume
    ----- Bootinfo -----
    Bootfile: /unix
    ----- Directory Entries -----
     0: arcboot    sector    4 size   79548
    
    Disk /dev/sdb9 (SGI disk label): 33 heads, 62 sectors, 51 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 2046 * 512 bytes
    
    ----- partitions -----
    Pt#     Device  Info     Start       End   Sectors  Id  System
     1: /dev/sdb9p1  boot       301      1010   1452660  83  Linux native
     2: /dev/sdb9p2  swap        51       300    511500  82  Linux swap
     9: /dev/sdb9p3               0        50    104346   0  SGI volhdr
    11: /dev/sdb9p4               0      1010   2068506   6  SGI volume
    ----- Bootinfo -----
    Bootfile: /unix
    ----- Directory Entries -----
     0: arcboot    sector    4 size   79548
    
    Disk /dev/sdb11 (SGI disk label): 33 heads, 62 sectors, 1011 cylinders
    Units = cylinders of 2046 * 512 bytes
    
    ----- partitions -----
    Pt#      Device  Info     Start       End   Sectors  Id  System
     1: /dev/sdb11p1  boot       301      1010   1452660  83  Linux native
     2: /dev/sdb11p2  swap        51       300    511500  82  Linux swap
     9: /dev/sdb11p3               0        50    104346   0  SGI volhdr
    11: /dev/sdb11p4               0      1010   2068506   6  SGI volume
    ----- Bootinfo -----
    Bootfile: /unix
    ----- Directory Entries -----
     0: arcboot    sector    4 size   79548
    Here's the output of dmesg

    Code:
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 2097024
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 262128
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 2097024
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 262128
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 2097144
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 262143
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 2097144
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 262143
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 2097144
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 262143
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 2097144
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 262143
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 2097144
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 262143
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 2097144
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 262143
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 2097088
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 262136
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 2097136
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 262142
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 2097144
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 2097144
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    Adding 255740k swap on /dev/sdb2.  Priority:-1 extents:1 across:255740k
    EXT3 FS on sdb1, internal journal
    device-mapper: ioctl: 4.7.0-ioctl (2006-06-24) initialised: dm-devel@redhat.com
    NET: Registered protocol family 10
    lo: Disabled Privacy Extensions
    IPv6 over IPv4 tunneling driver
    eth0: no IPv6 routers present
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    printk: 30 messages suppressed.
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 0
    sda: Current: sense key: No Sense
        Additional sense: No additional sense information
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 0
    sda: Current: sense key: No Sense
        Additional sense: No additional sense information
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 0
    sd 0:0:1:0: SCSI error: return code = 0x08000002
    sda: Current: sense key: Medium Error
        Additional sense: Medium format corrupted
    end_request: I/O error, dev sda, sector 0
    Buffer I/O error on device sda, logical block 0
    Any guidance is much appreciated.

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