There’s not a really easy way to do this. You could initialize your disks through dedicated service tools, but then your machine will be completely empty (no operating system). I guess it depends what’s going to happen with the machine.
Hi Martin I wnted to know how to intialise disk through dedicated service tool.. Please provide if any screen shots available.. Thanks in Advance
I found the easiest way is to perform a D-IPL process using the LIC CD I_BASE_01. When the Install LIC Code screen comes up take option 1. Install LIC, then option 2. Install LIC and Initialize system.
It doesn’t really matter since all you need to do is switch a couple disks in their slots and reload the OS (and LIC). Switching the disk positions invalidates disk pointers all over the place due to the “scatter loading” method of spreading individual objects over multiple disks. Reloading the OS/LIC will require reformatting everything due to the messed up disk links.
For most purposes, you can simply run DLTLIB for user libraries with the list from WRKLIB *ALLUSR. The process of reconstructing any useful data after that is formidable. If the disks could be used on any other platform, that wouldn’t be so true; but they require low-level formatting due to the 528-byte sector size. And other AS/400s don’t have significant exposed functions to do it.