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Wipe ProLiant Disks/Arrays??

Carl Woldberg
Occasional Contributor

Wipe ProLiant Disks/Arrays??

I'm looking for a program that will wipe the data from SCSI disks connected to ProLiant array controllers. Ideally it would boot from a floppy or CD, detect all array controllers, and wipe the data from all drives connected to those controllers. The wipe process should include writing a pattern to each byte of the drive and ideally be DoD 5220.22 compliant.
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JohnWRuffo
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Re: Wipe ProLiant Disks/Arrays??

I dont know if the System Erase Utility is DoD compliant but it is easily used and known to make the dives clean to rebuild on.
Give it a try, download it here:
http://h18023.www1.hp.com/support/files/server/us/download/16251.html
Enjoy!
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Mark Cloutier
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Re: Wipe ProLiant Disks/Arrays??

Hi Carl,
No this not not DOD compliant. If you need more details please let me know.

Mark
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Carl Woldberg
Occasional Contributor

Re: Wipe ProLiant Disks/Arrays??

John, Thanks for your reply. I am familiar with system erase. Mark, do you know of something other than system erase?
JohnWRuffo
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Re: Wipe ProLiant Disks/Arrays??

How about a great big magnet or a hammer... just kidding.
Take a look at:
http://www.killdisk.com/features.htm
or
http://www.zdelete.com/zdelete.htm
Each of the above is commercial software.
This one is free:
http://www.saimu-net.ne.jp/~aki/supererace.htm
G'luck and hope this helps.
-John
Enjoy!
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Carl Woldberg
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Re: Wipe ProLiant Disks/Arrays??

John, Thanks for this information. I downloaded Killdisk and while it looks like an excellent solution in many cases it will not detect drives connected to an array controller that are not part of a configured logical drive. It does detect the virtual drives presented by the array controller. My particular situation is that I have ProLiant servers being decommissioned and installed drives may or may not be part of a configured array. The utility I seek would likely be ProLiant/Smart Array specific and would detect and erase drives regardless of their configuraton status.

I also looked at Zdelete which works on top of Windows and is not a viable solution in this situation.

Thanks,

Carl
JohnWRuffo
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Re: Wipe ProLiant Disks/Arrays??

Well... I was only partially kidding in the response about the "Big Magnet"; but, around here, we have a magnet that came off of a Radar system which has a wierd pattern. It weighs about 20 lbs and it is wonderfull for wiping drives. A bit difficult to move around but once attached to a drive, nothing survives.
In the alternative, you could use this:
http://www.alleghenydist.net/ptn_1100.html
Enjoy!
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Aniello DiMeglio
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Re: Wipe ProLiant Disks/Arrays??

This might not help much but we are in fact using a commercial degausser to wipe clean all magnetic media. Quite effective.

All drives that were degaussed by this device needed to be low-level formatted to be reused.

You can even rent these degaussers.