IDE knowledge anyone?

Chuck Guzis cclist at
Wed Dec 9 17:24:51 CST 2015

On 12/09/2015 02:14 PM, Philip Pemberton wrote:

> I thought the first valid sector on an IDE disk was sector 1, CHS
> 0:0:1?

Yes; it's only 0 in LBA mode.

If you'd like, I can jump in here, having done a bunch of IDE software 
back in the bad old days.

Anyone remember the glitches in the IDENTIFY command, where Maxtor got 
the word order swapped around on their 60MB drives, so that the total 
sector count was insanely (for that time anyway) high?


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