Using the "Initialize Hard Disk" Option

  • 10064541
  • NOVL57223
  • 31-Aug-2001
  • 09-Oct-2002

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Goal

Using the "Initialize Hard Disk" Option

Fact

Novell NetWare 5.0

Novell NetWare 5.1

Novell NetWare 6.0

Fix

The "Initialize Hard Disk" option under "Standard Disk Options" in NWCONFIG (ConsoleOne for NetWare 6.0) is similar to a low-level format.  All the volumes are dismounted and a new partition table is created, which wipes out all partitions on the drive.  ALL DATA IS LOST!!!

This option is useful for secondary hard drives (drives not holding the SYS volume).  If the partition table is corrupt on a secondary drive, you can select "Initialize Hard Disk" to recreate the partition table.