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stefano colombo_1
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Formatting old VA

I need to format an old VA 7xxx.
I tried to connect with a laptop to the rs232 but couldn't have a prompt .
I set the com to 9600-8-1-xonxoff ( also tried none ) .
I also tried to power down the controllers and power them up with the laptop connected but didn't see any "bootstrap" messages . Also tried different cables .
Might it be a cable problem or there something I'm missing ?

thanks
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Luk Vandenbussche
Honored Contributor

Re: Formatting old VA

I guess it is a cable problem.
Have you tried the cable that comes with the VA7xxx?
stefano colombo_1
Super Advisor

Re: Formatting old VA

I guessed the same , unfortunately the customer seems to have lost it .
Is it a strait rs232 cable as the one used for HP network equipment ?

Crewescontrol
Frequent Advisor

Re: Formatting old VA

Hi

From the manual its;

Start a terminal emulator using HyperTerminal or Reflections. Use the
following settings:

â Bits per second: 9600
â Data bits: 8
â Parity: None
â Stop bits: 1
â Flow control: None

You can use serial cable 5182-4794 or a 700/96 Terminal with the cable marked 24542 G on it (dont think thats the cable's spare part number but its the only number shown)

Hope its some use

Adam
stefano colombo_1
Super Advisor

Re: Formatting old VA

I found a working cable ,it's one for HP Switch the customer had .

Now to completly erase the disks data it's enough the fmt command ?

thanks
Torsten.
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: Formatting old VA

If you do a "format" all information about the data layout and location is lost.

If you want to do a new setup - this is enough.

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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stefano colombo_1
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Re: Formatting old VA

This VA has to be returned to Hp and the customer want to be sure that in no way data can be recovered ....

Thanks
Torsten.
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Re: Formatting old VA

The only 100% safe way to destroy data is to destroy disks ;-)

Anyway, I'm absolutely sure HP will take care of this. But if you want, you can create several large LUNs and write random data to it (perhaps several times).

Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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stefano colombo_1
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Re: Formatting old VA

Formatted using fmt