Contents of the DCB.DOC file
We encourage all users to use this newer DCB.DSK disk driver! This is not a patched version of
the old driver, this is a completely re-written driver. ***PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING
INFORMATION BEFORE USING THIS NEW DCB.DSK DISK DRIVER!***
When a NetWare 386 partition is created with a drive type defined as Generic SCSI under the
older DCB.DSK disk driver (date 08/03/89 - file size 16034) and you upgrade to the new
DCB.DSK disk driver (date 02/06/90 - file size 17331) you will not be able to mount the
volume(s) on that partition. When attempting to mount the volume(s) you will receive the error:
"There are no accessible disk drives with NetWare partitions...". When you load the install NLM,
and go into "Disk Options", "Partition Tables", you will receive the following error: "NetWare 386
partition relative sector 32 and size XXXXX do not match the ending cylinder XXX, head XX,
sector XX". You will need to select "Create NetWare Partition" and create a new partition using
the new DCB.DSK driver mentioned above.
***PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU HAVE A CURRENT BACKUP OF ALL DATA
CONTAINED ON THE DRIVE(S) BEFORE CREATING THE NEW PARTITION, AS
CREATING A NEW PARTITION WILL DESTROY ALL EXISTING DATA, BINDERIES AND
TRUSTEE ASSINGMENTS INCLUDED!*** After creating the new partition and volume(s), you
can log in to the server and restore all backed up data.
These changes made to the heads, sectors and cylinders (partion table information) were made to
adhere as closely as possible to the industry standard partition table information that applies to
devices that cannot report heads, sectors and cylinders.
We re-emphasize, this applies to GENERIC SCSI ONLY.
May we also re-emphasize that Novell has never claimed that the Generic SCSI option would
successfully interface with all SCSI type hard drives, nor do we support it that way.
The best option for interfacing larger drives is to purchase a drive from a drive manufacture that
has a NetWare Ready stamp (indicating the heads, sectors and cylinders) on the drive when
shipped from the manufacture and selecting the NetWare ready option in Disk Set. This option
applies to NetWare 386 only!