Sunday, 15 August 2010

Low-level disk format utility

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Found a great Windows low-level disk format utility
This freeware Low Level Format utility will erase, Low-Level Format and re-certify a SATA, IDE or SCSI hard disk drive with any size of up to 281 474 976 710 655 bytes. Will work with USB and FIREWIRE external drive enclosures. Low-level formatting of Flash Cards is supported too. Low Level Format Tool will clear partitions, MBR, and every bit of user data.
 He also has lots of other equally useful tools like...

HDDScan is a freeware program for low-level HDD diagnostics, it supports IDE/SATA/SCSI hard disk drives, RAID arrays, external USB/Firewire hard disks, flash cards. The program can scan the surface, view SMART attributes, adjust AAM, APM (Power Management), etc.

DELTEC PowerRite Plus 600 ?

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Regarding your inquiry about DELTEC Potencia 600W Serie ..314..?. Entrada 220V Salida 220 V 50 Hz Estados Unidos ... ...el 492-818
Inside the electronic-board reads "PCB 05142776 REV A" (may be that helps?) "VCB-2" "Made in Mexico"
The details you were able to provide do suggest a DELTEC PRAxxxxxxx() series as the portion of the serial number you could provide sounds like one of the early PRA serials which were often like A0013456. Unfortunately the key thing which is missing is the Model number

I have never worked on a “Plus” myself and can find no reference to such a device in the (scant) PowerRite manual archives.
The best I can offer you is I have the DELTEC PowerRite Pro series User Configuration manual which covers their PRA400 thru PRA2200 series devices (thus also the 600).
Your description sounds a little different in that these talk about 6 dip-switches not 4, but it might get you started.
Over here (in Australia) most of the ones we see are the PR{A/B/C}xxxxxxxi series which are the international variant, so they may differ from yours slightly

That document is on my old UPS web page as DELTEC PowerRite Pro User Manual

Now to answer a couple of your other queries;
which software use the com-port and is it the same cable like APC
You should be able to use the LANSafe software from the link on that same page.
Failing that the older FileSafe v3 seems to work with most OS’s to XP SP3 for most Deltec UPS’
(I use v3 for all my workshop testing of all Deltec units)
Do NOT use the same cable as for APC! They are wired entirely differently and have ground wires going to active pins on a Deltec!
Also, a standard serial cable will NOT work.
Use the serial cable definition shown on my web page for DELTEC units
Hope some of this helps