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#1835970 - 02/24/23 02:23 AM 1880 wont recognize Orb - Says Unformat
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Hello all. I've been using an Orb to back up songs from an 1880 for a couple years already. No issues.

Just now, I wanted to copy a song to the Orb. I "drive checked" the 1880 and the 1880 wont recognize the Orb. It now says "SCSI6 Removable Unformat". I've never had this issue. Anyone know what the issue might be?

I tried powering both the 1880 and Orb off and back on. I have the Orb connected before I power the 1880 on. At first I didn't connect the SCSI ports before starting the 1880. I thought that initially was the problem.

Thank you.

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#1836002 - 02/24/23 03:34 PM Re: 1880 wont recognize Orb - Says Unformat [Re: VSOP]
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Is there a formatted disk in your Orb?
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#1836133 - 02/25/23 12:56 AM Re: 1880 wont recognize Orb - Says Unformat [Re: gyorpb]
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Yes. I tried 2 Orb disks. Both have 4-5 songs on them.
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#1836178 - 02/25/23 07:53 AM Re: 1880 wont recognize Orb - Says Unformat [Re: VSOP]
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Has anything changed, in your SCSI configuration? Terminators? Cabling? Do you have an empty Orb disk? You might try formatting it, with the VS.

You’re using obsolete technology, so better have spares. Orb drives (and disks) aren’t as ubiquitous as —say— Zip or Jaz drives, but you should be able to source some backups and spares donors.

Be careful with your media, because if the fault lies with your drive, it might damage the media, thus rendering your songs irretrievable.

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#1836247 - 02/26/23 01:04 AM Re: 1880 wont recognize Orb - Says Unformat [Re: gyorpb]
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Nothings changed. Ima just buy a blank disc and format it. I thought maybe my cables suck.
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#1840041 - 03/25/23 05:43 AM Re: 1880 wont recognize Orb - Says Unformat [Re: VSOP]
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Received my sealed orb disk today. VS couldn't read it. I'm trying to find a cheap 50 pin scsi online. Maybe that's the issue.

This officially sucks.

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#1840850 - 03/30/23 04:30 AM Re: 1880 wont recognize Orb - Says Unformat [Re: VSOP]
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Received a used orb drive in the mail today and everything seems to be working smoothly. The drive that I made this post about is just bad I guess. Maybe refurbishable.
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#1840851 - 03/30/23 04:47 AM Re: 1880 wont recognize Orb - Says Unformat [Re: VSOP]
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So I'm only able to save 3 songs to my brand new orb disk that I just initialized in my newly purchased used orb drive. My other/older disks each held 5 songs. This disk only holds 3. Anybody know what can be the issue?
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#1840856 - 03/30/23 05:40 AM Re: 1880 wont recognize Orb - Says Unformat [Re: VSOP]
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Not all songs are the same size.
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#1854182 - 06/26/23 04:58 AM Re: 1880 wont recognize Orb - Says Unformat [Re: gyorpb]
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 Originally Posted By: gyorpb
Do you have an empty Orb disk? You might try formatting it, with the VS.



How would you format an empty disk with the VS?

I bought a new disk and it says unformat on the drive select option. My other disks work fine. I want to put some songs on this blank disk so I can initialize the hard drive.

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#1854200 - 06/26/23 01:51 PM Re: 1880 wont recognize Orb - Says Unformat [Re: VSOP]
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Initialize the new disk using the VS options, like you would the internal hard drive. Just be very careful to choose the orb disk to format - NOT the internal drive.

Information can be found in chapter 17 of the 1880 manual - starting on page 222 of the pdf version.
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#1854362 - 06/28/23 03:52 AM Re: 1880 wont recognize Orb - Says Unformat [Re: uptildawn]
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Thanks guys.
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