Can't wipe Quantum (Model # XP34300) drives


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I've got several Quantum drives I need to wipe before being sold. When I boot with the DBAN floppy/cd I get the information below. I've tried both the beta version and 1.0.3 with the same results. All of the info below is copied/pasted directly from the log dban0000.tgz file. I don't understand why the wipe is failing. Any help will be appreciated!


Attached devices:
Host: scsi1 Channel: 00 Id: 00 Lun: 00
Vendor: QUANTUM Model: XP34300 Rev: 89T2
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02

[2004/11/16 11:26:36] dban: Darik's Boot and Nuke beta.2004102700 started.
[2004/11/16 11:26:36] dban: Found floppy drive /dev/floppy/0.
[2004/11/16 11:26:37] dban: Found 0 seed files on the floppy disk.
[2004/11/16 11:26:42] dban: Wipe started.
[2004/11/16 11:26:42] dban: DBAN finished with non-fatal errors. The disks were not properly wiped, or there were verification errors.

[2004/10/16 11:26:42] dwipe: notice: Program loaded.
[2004/10/16 11:26:42] dwipe: notice: Opened entropy source '/dev/urandom'.
[2004/10/16 11:26:42] dwipe: error: Storage devices not found.

Linux version 2.4.28-rc1-dban (root@vmsarge) (gcc version 3.3.4 (Debian 1:3.3.4-13)) #1 Thu Oct 28 12:28:56 EDT 2004
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 00000000000a0000 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 00000000000f0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 0000000006000000 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 00000000ffe00000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
96MB LOWMEM available.
On node 0 totalpages: 24576
zone(0): 4096 pages.
zone(1): 20480 pages.
zone(2): 0 pages.
Kernel command line: initrd=initrd.gz root=/dev/ram0 init=/rc quiet nuke="dwipe" BOOT_IMAGE=kernel.bzi
Initializing CPU#0
Detected 331.714 MHz processor.
Console: colour VGA+ 80x25
Calibrating delay loop... 661.91 BogoMIPS
Memory: 93824k/98304k available (1575k kernel code, 4096k reserved, 634k data, 344k init, 0k highmem)
Dentry cache hash table entries: 16384 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
Inode cache hash table entries: 8192 (order: 4, 65536 bytes)
Mount cache hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
Buffer cache hash table entries: 4096 (order: 2, 16384 bytes)
Page-cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
CPU: L1 I cache: 16K, L1 D cache: 16K
CPU: L2 cache: 512K
CPU: After generic, caps: 0183f9ff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Common caps: 0183f9ff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Intel Pentium II (Deschutes) stepping 00
Enabling fast FPU save and restore... done.
Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
Checking for popad bug... OK.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfcaee, last bus=2
PCI: Using configuration type 1
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
PCI: Probing PCI hardware (bus 00)
PCI: Using IRQ router PIIX/ICH [8086/7110] at 00:07.0
Limiting direct PCI/PCI transfers.
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.4
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
Starting kswapd
devfs: v1.12c (20020818) Richard Gooch (
devfs: boot_options: 0x1
Serial driver version 5.05c (2001-07-08 ) with MANY_PORTS SHARE_IRQ SERIAL_PCI enabled
ttyS00 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
ttyS01 at 0x02f8 (irq = 3) is a 16550A
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is a National Semiconductor PC87306
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 4096K size 512 blocksize
Compaq SMART2 Driver (v 2.4.28 )
HP CISS Driver (v 2.4.52)
v2.3 : Micro Memory(tm) PCI memory board block driver
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00beta4-2.4
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
PIIX4: IDE controller at PCI slot 00:07.1
PIIX4: chipset revision 1
PIIX4: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
ide1: BM-DMA at 0xffa8-0xffaf, BIOS settings: hdc:DMA, hdd:pio
ide1 at 0x170-0x177,0x376 on irq 15
SCSI subsystem driver Revision: 1.00
Loading Adaptec I2O RAID: Version 2.4 Build 5
Detecting Adaptec I2O RAID controllers...
Red Hat/Adaptec aacraid driver (1.1-3 Oct 28 2004 12:34:53)
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 00:0d.0
scsi1 : Adaptec AIC7XXX EISA/VLB/PCI SCSI HBA DRIVER, Rev 6.2.36
<Adaptec 2940 Ultra SCSI adapter>
aic7880: Ultra Wide Channel A, SCSI Id=7, 16/253 SCBs

(scsi1:A:0): 5.000MB/s transfers (5.000MHz, offset 15)
Vendor: QUANTUM Model: XP34300 Rev: 89T2
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 02
scsi1:A:0:0: Tagged Queuing enabled. Depth 253
scsi: <fdomain> Detection failed (no card)
NCR53c406a: no available ports found
sym53c416.c: Version 1.0.0-ac
Failed initialization of WD-7000 SCSI card!
IBM MCA SCSI: Version 4.0b
IBM MCA SCSI: No Microchannel-bus present --> Aborting.
This machine does not have any IBM MCA-bus
or the MCA-Kernel-support is not enabled!
PCI: Enabling device 00:0d.0 (0116 -> 0117)
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 00:0d.0
DC390: 0 adapters found
megaraid: v1.18k (Release Date: Thu Aug 28 10:05:11 EDT 2003)
megaraid: no BIOS enabled.
GDT-HA: Storage RAID Controller Driver. Version: 3.04
GDT-HA: Found 0 PCI Storage RAID Controllers
3ware Storage Controller device driver for Linux v1.02.00.037.
3w-xxxx: No cards found.
nsp32: loading...
libata version 1.02 loaded.
Attached scsi disk sda at scsi1, channel 0, id 0, lun 0
sda : unsupported sector size 520.
SCSI device sda: 0 520-byte hdwr sectors (0 MB)
RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
Freeing initrd memory: 154k freed
VFS: Mounted root (cramfs filesystem) readonly.
Mounted devfs on /dev
Freeing unused kernel memory: 344k freed

Adaptec AIC7xxx driver version: 6.2.36
Adaptec 2940 Ultra SCSI adapter
aic7880: Ultra Wide Channel A, SCSI Id=7, 16/253 SCBs
Allocated SCBs: 5, SG List Length: 102

Serial EEPROM:
0x023c 0x0238 0x0238 0x0238 0x0238 0x0238 0x0238 0x0238
0x0238 0x0238 0x0238 0x0238 0x0238 0x0238 0x0238 0x0238
0x18b6 0x005d 0x2807 0x0010 0xff00 0xffff 0xffff 0xffff
0xffff 0xffff 0xffff 0xffff 0xffff 0xffff 0x00ff 0x64a4

Target 0 Negotiation Settings
User: 10.000MB/s transfers (5.000MHz, offset 127, 16bit)
Goal: 5.000MB/s transfers (5.000MHz, offset 15)
Curr: 5.000MB/s transfers (5.000MHz, offset 15)
Channel A Target 0 Lun 0 Settings
Commands Queued 3
Commands Active 0
Command Openings 253
Max Tagged Openings 253
Device Queue Frozen Count 0
Target 1 Negotiation Settings
User: 20.000MB/s transfers (10.000MHz, offset 127, 16bit)

dev_max(currently)=7 max_active_device=1 (origin 1)
scsi_dma_free_sectors=1040 sg_pool_secs_aval=320 def_reserved_size=32768

QUANTUM XP34300 89T2


The problem is this:
sda : unsupported sector size 520

You must change jumpers or program the firmware to set the sector size to 512 bytes before using DBAN.

This is rare hardware. If you will be discarding it, then I would appreciate getting it as a donation instead.