IDE Diag documentation
Copyright (c) 2000
Unfortunately this documentation
is not yet finished, but it's
probably better than nothing ;-)
Table of contents
What is IDE Diag, who can use it and why did I write it.
Brief history of HDD controllers
Precursors to IDE (ST-506/412, ESDI, MFM, ...). SCSI and IDE interface, IDE bus versions (XT IDE, MCA IDE, ATA).
Pin-outs of IDE cables
Using IDE Diag
How to use this program.
General disk information
Drive size, vendor, model, revision, configuration and access modes.
Hard disk geometry
What is a disk geometry, disk size limitations.
Introductiont to "
Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology
", using IDE Diag to show some useful information.
How does the IDE Diag media verification work.
Western Digital drives internal disk structures.