Author Topic: Agilent ESG E4438C HDD Failure and replacement. Does not boot with CF/SSD disks  (Read 333 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline eb4fbzTopic starter

  • Regular Contributor
  • *
  • Posts: 178
  • Country: es
My Agilent ESG E4438C generator failed one month ago due to a hard drive failure. Fortunatelly, the HDD only stores configuration and custom waveforms. Unfortunatelly i had some high value waveforms and no way to recreate them easily.

Original HDD was IBM Travelstar 10,05gb IC25N010ATDA04-0. I have tried to replace with an industrial 16GB CF card and IDE adapter, but it hangs just at the end of "Verifying NRAM". Same result using a Trascend PDS330 32GB IDE SSD.

I have an old, but still working, 40GB HDD i just retired from a Tektronix RTSA (i have learned the lesson  |O). Just after finishing the NRAM verification process, it has formatted the HDD and booted correctly. So:

Why does Agilent ESG refuses to work with solid state disks?

Everyone using instrumentation with HDD's, please make a backup before disaster strikes. Most equipment stores the boot parameters, OS, personality and even the calibration on that old hard drive!

Share me

Digg  Facebook  SlashDot  Delicious  Technorati  Twitter  Google  Yahoo