Format Hard drive SCSI HDD with Linux

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January 7, 2012 at 17:26:11
Specs: Linux Ubuntu, Intel ® Pentium ® 4 CPU 2.66 GHz
Hello all happy New Year!
I want to format SCSI harddrive on dell server. Because of I cannot ghost from main server to slave (backup) server. When I try to bootup it show 99 99 99 99 alot, I believe is because of bad sector. So I want to reformat the whole hard disk, I buy Knoppix CD for boot up, after that I read the instructions and search from internet. Even I follow the way how to do it, I cannot do. Is anyone continue to help me? Thanks.

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January 7, 2012 at 18:33:11
Linux is a free download, but you would need a Distro. which supports your SCSI Conrtoller Chipset..

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January 8, 2012 at 15:23:29
Scsi may be on a raid controller or a scsi controller that would allow you to do a low level format. You boot to it by pressing a key sequence at power on. Look for words like scsi bios or the brand name of the scsi adapter or chip at boot. Internal dell's may be lsi but they could have any number of adapter add on cards. We do low level formats on scsi all the time for decades. Never seems to hurt them.

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