March 2007

STB Suite | The Industry Standard in Peripheral Testing.

6.1.2 SCSItoolbox Suite release schedule for April!

STB v6.1.2Just a few of the great new features to be released in the 6.1.2 STB Suite are listed below:

  • 64-bit OS support (Microsoft Vista, Windows XP-64)
  • iSCSI support (devices connected through an ethernet port will now work)
  • Command Tag Queuing (Queue Depth) added to the Developer Toolbox (DTB) API
  • ATA Commands dialog fixed
  • Selecting menu items without selecting a device doesn’t crash toolbox anymore
  • New multi-HBA tape duplication now supported

 

 

Upgrade your old license for only $895 today!

Upgrade for 895For a limited time you can upgrade your old SCSItoolbox Suite to version 6.1.1 for the annual Performa price of $895.00! If your license is more than a year out of Performa coverage this offer will save you $1400.00! This upgrade will upgrade your old version of the SCSItoolbox Suite, even a new hardware key if your license is older than 5 years! To qualify for the offer you only need a valid serial number. If you’re ready to purchase go to the Performa product page online and complete the order form here: http://www.stbsuite.com/products/performa/

 

 

New! CDB Sequencer tutorial. (screenshots and training movie now with Audio!)

Training videosWe’ve added a new CDB Sequencer tutorial with screenshots available online here: http://www.stbsuite.com/products/command-descriptor-block-cdb-sequencer/ additionally we’ve added a new Training video to show you how to generate CDB’s and save/replay the sequences in a repeated fashion. The Training video is available online now with audio here: http://www.scsitoolbox.com/Training/CDBSequencer.asp

 

 

Ask Dr. SCSI – Does your Drive Screening Test map around the primary and grown defects or does it just tell you that you have them? Also is there a way to get this test to run in the multiple drive testing mode?Dr. SCSI

Q. Does your Drive Screening Test map around the primary and grown defects or does it just tell you that you have them? Also is there a way to get this test to run in the multiple drive testing mode?

A. If by “map around the primary and grown defects” you mean do we have software that specifically “skips” a primary/grown defect then the answer is no – the drive takes care of it automatically. As a concrete example suppose you did a sequential write test on blocks 0-thru-100. Block 50 at one point might have been at CHS (cylinder-head-sector) = 0-0-50, but then 0-0-50 became bad and was reassigned to CHS = 38-2-17. When we issue the write command to block 50 SCSItoolbox doesn’t know that we’re writing to 38-2-17 (and NOT 0-0-50) – the internal drive logics does all that. It goes without saying that it can be a huge performance hit if you’re writing data to a drive where lots of blocks are defective and had to be reassigned.

On your question about “multiple drive testing mode” we have our Disk Manufacturing Module (DMM) and this can log the # of primary/grown defects on multiple drives simultaneously.

 

 

Another very satisfied customer!

A plus

A very satisfied customer wrote in last week with this comment.

My thanks to your staff, (especially Glenn Dean), for the prompt fix to the SCSItoolbox. Our customer is very happy with the system that he has and now loves the fact he can make backups of his perishable media. We will be buying more of your software as we have 3 more systems that have been ordered. Again much thanks.

Scott J. M

Senior Software Engineer