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09.02. The user's net.resource guide: hardware manufacturers




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This item is from the Yet Another Enhanced IDE/Fast-ATA/ATA-2 FAQ, by John Wehman and Peter den Haan with numerous contributions by others. (v1.92).

09.02. The user's net.resource guide: hardware manufacturers

A number of disk and controller manufacturers now have FTP and web sites; these are

o CMD <http://www.cmd.com>

o Conner <http://www.conner.com>

o Creative Labs <http://www.creaf.com>

Among other, non EIDE related items, this site has drivers for the tertiary ATA/IDE port found on some SoundBlaster cards.

o DTC <http://www.datatechnology.com>

o Fujitsu <http://www.fujitsu.com>

o Hewlett-Packard <http://www.hp.com>

o IBM <http://www.storage.ibm.com/storage> <ftp://hddtech.millcomm.com> <http://www.pc.ibm.com> (PC Company) o Iomega <http://www.iomega.com>

o Maxtor <http://www.maxtor.com> <ftp://ftp.maxtor.com>

All files from their BBS are on the FTP site, including biosbnch.zip, a benchmarking utility; greendrv.zip, to set the sleep mode timer on 'green' drives; and the latest version of MaxBlast (OnTrack Disk Mananager) at <http://www.maxtor.com/readme/dm.html>.

o Promise <http://www.promise.com> <ftp://ftp.promise.com> support@promise.com

This site doesn't only contain drivers for Promise products but also for clone cards such as the VG4.

o Quantum <http://www.quantum.com>

No official FTP site, although drivers to use Quantum's large harddisks with a non-translating BIOS can be found in <ftp://ftp.rahul.net/pub/lps/hard-disk/>. This is NOT an official Quantum support site and may disappear. This site contains miscellaneous storage-related programs and information too, not least the white papers on topics such as S.M.A.R.T., PRML channels, MR heads and more: <http://www.quantum.com/products/whitepapers/>.

o Seagate <ftp://ftp.seagate.com> <http://www.seagate.com>

This includes specifications of ALL Seagate drives, including detailed diagrams/pictures. The Seagate 32-bit disk access driver is available as <ftp://ftp/seagate.com/techsuppt/sea32bit.exe>; there is a FAQ on this driver at <http://www.seagate.com/techsuppt/win32drv.html>. There is some general technical information available, on topics such as MR heads: <http://www.seagate.com/new/sep96/mr_techp.shtml>. A formatting utility for Seagate drives, sgatfmt4, is also available.

o Tekram <http://www.tekram.com>

o Tyan <http://www.tyan.com>

o Western Digital <ftp://ftp.wdc.com> <http://www.wdc.com>

Many drivers and utilities, some of which won't work if you don't have at least one WD Caviar drive in your system. Goodies to be found: a good Windows FastDisk driver in /drivers/hdutil/win31.exe; a Windows helpfile explaining Enhanced IDE in /docs/eide.exe; a utility to examine the Enhanced DPT of your BIOS: /drivers/hdutil/chkbios.com.

o Winbond <http://ntwww.winbond.com.tw>

Drivers are in the /DNLOAD/ directory. Pointers to sites offering software from other manufacturers would be appreciated.

 

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