How to create bootable DFT diskette using Linux

The Drive Fitness Test image file (dft-vxxximg.bin) includes a DOS-based Drive Fitness Test program. Running the Linux Disk Dump (dd) utility, creates an DOS-bootable diskette that contains the Drive Fitness Test Utility. A formatted 1.44 MB diskette is required to create the diskette.

The Drive Fitness Test is provided for testing our disk drives. The test will not overwrite customer data. 

Restrictions: The users guide contains detailed information on the current restrictions for the Drive Fitness Test.  See the link at the bottom of this page.

To create a bootable DFT diskette under Linux:

  1. Download the bootable version of DFT (dft-vxxximg.bin) into a known  directory on your PC.
  2. Insert a formatted 1.44 MB diskette into your disk drive.
  3. Make sure that the floppy disk is unmounted.
  4. Change directory to where you saved the DFT image.
  5. Run the Disk Dump (dd) utility with the following parameters:
    dd if=dft-vxxximg.bin of=/dev/fd0 bs=8k  
    Note: /dev/fd0 is the first diskette drive.  Use /dev/fd1 if you would like to use the second diskette drive to create the DFT diskette.
  6. The bootable DFT diskette will now be created, Note this could take a couple of minutes .

See the users guide for information on how to run the Drive Fitness Test.   To use the Drive Fitness Test with our SCSI hard disk drives you must have the correct ASPI drivers installed.  Please refer to the users guide for a list of supported controllers.
Drive Fitness Test Users Guide