Not sure what is going on yet, but I configured my Geneve with a Myarc HFDC. I tried formatting. The Lotharek stepped through both sides of all 40 tracks formatting. Then, when it went back to sector 0, the MDOS formatting routine gave me an error.
Not sure why yet.
Either way, here is the file formatted, but with no correct writes on sector 0. Not sure if this will help you or not.
Regarding what i can see in this HFE, i think that there is a bitrate mixup.
Please be aware that you can't change track density into the HFE : An DD HFE can't be changed to HD, a HD HFE can't be changed to DD or SD, etc. The track size is different at each density.
Do you know which bitrate is used with this controller ?