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wipe harddrives of v440 server by noob

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hi folks, I must apologise if I have posted in the wrong forum, ( a networking, and a little linux guy) so sun products are completely alien to me...

I have been instructed, by my supervisor to wipe the data of the hard drives from the v440 before the organization donates them to the university, i did use an Ubuntu boot up flash and used the shred command on Hp, machines.

so i was wondering how would i go about this process on the sun products.

thanks.

Edited by: 931494 on May 2, 2012 1:06 PM
  • 1. Re: wipe harddrives of v440 server by noob
    bobthesungeek76036 Pro
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    Boot off of a Solaris DVD:

    boot cdrom -s

    When you get to a single-user prompt, run "format".

    Select a drive that you wish to erase.

    At the "format>" prompt type "analyze"

    At the "analyze>" prompt type "purge"

    When it says it will take a very long time, it does not lie.

    Once it is done you have an erased disk.

    Repeat format commands for the other disks on the box you wish to erase.

    This procedure does not comply with the DoD wipe disk standard 5220.22-M. If you need that procedure, see MoS document ID 1008773.1
  • 2. Re: wipe harddrives of v440 server by noob
    934497 Newbie
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    well thanks a lot, what is MOS ( a link would be very help full) , i'm sort of being very Ambitious :), but that was very help full,
  • 3. Re: wipe harddrives of v440 server by noob
    bobthesungeek76036 Pro
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    MOS = My Oracle Support = support.oracle.com
  • 4. Re: wipe harddrives of v440 server by noob
    934497 Newbie
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    Specify disk (enter its number)[1]: 1
    selecting c2t0d0
    [disk formatted]

    of the two harddrives when i pick either of them i get the above message, but when i reboot the data is still there,

    Edited by: charm_quark on May 4, 2012 5:07 PM
  • 5. Re: wipe harddrives of v440 server by noob
    Nik Expert
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    Hi.
    It's look like you make first step but ignoring rest:

    At the "format>" prompt type "analyze"
    At the "analyze>" prompt type "purge"


    Regards.
  • 6. Re: wipe harddrives of v440 server by noob
    934497 Newbie
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    hi,
    i did do the purge which took 24hrs and did not finish .

    well anyway, i have started it again.

    eitd: ii think i know where i messed up, it has to be the san ( i think i was wiping out the san) the network cables we in, and i forgot to replace the harddrives in, so the only drives i could see were the sans, well i do hope that was the problem

    oh by the way, how does count

    pass 0 - pattern = 0xaaaaaaaa
    563/10/50

    how much is it left, is it 1000/00/000.. ?

    Edited by: charm_quark on May 7, 2012 5:55 PM
  • 7. Re: wipe harddrives of v440 server by noob
    bobthesungeek76036 Pro
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    charm_quark wrote:
    ...
    oh by the way, how does count

    pass 0 - pattern = 0xaaaaaaaa
    563/10/50

    how much is it left, is it 1000/00/000.. ?
    That number is the cylinder/head/sector that it is currently working on. The "cylinder" number should increment until the pass is finished. You can get the cylinder size of the disk by issuing the command:

    <pre>prtvtoc <raw-device></pre>

    <raw-device> = /dev/rdsk/cXtXdXs2
  • 8. Re: wipe harddrives of v440 server by noob
    934497 Newbie
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    thanks,


    well can i stop it after the first pass, i dont really have much time tooo many servers., (do you think swapping drives between server at random could help) , looking for shortcuts , th

    and how would i wipe drives from the StoreEdge 3000, they dont seem to have serial ports, and there are 12 x 300 GB drives in there, ( there are 4 of thiese on the rack i'm working on)

    regards
  • 9. Re: wipe harddrives of v440 server by noob
    bobthesungeek76036 Pro
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    That would depend on your company policy. As you see, it takes a very long time to wipe a drive. One pass is probably good enough but some companies have overwrite policies.

    Are you going to re-purpose the drives? If not, maybe you can just take a sledge hammer to them? That's what my customer does. Much faster...
  • 10. Re: wipe harddrives of v440 server by noob
    934497 Newbie
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    yah, we plan to re-purpose them, ( dont know what the university has in mind). the company just doesn't want to have data on the drives, that is all, i told them the easier way was to just break the raid ( swap drives all over the place from different servers different racks) they told me "no", to purge the disk's , "it doesnt matter how long it takes, as long as the data is not easily recoverable" .

    many thanks, for your assistance.
  • 11. Re: wipe harddrives of v440 server by noob
    934497 Newbie
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    new problem,

    from the ok prompt i have a *{3} ok* prompt

    i powered out the server, physically changed to some other drives i had to wipe out, and now i have a different prompt,

    the problem is that it wont even boot


    +{3} ok+ boot cdrom -s
    Boot device: /pci@1e,600000/ide@d/cdrom@0,0:f  File and args: -s
    Can't read disk label.
    Can't open disk label package

    Can't open boot device

    +{3} ok+

    just so you know i was using the same server, and the boot cd..

    the error sometimes is different like cannot mount root
  • 12. Re: wipe harddrives of v440 server by noob
    bobthesungeek76036 Pro
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    Strange. Have your tried pulling power for a while and trying again?
  • 13. Re: wipe harddrives of v440 server by noob
    934497 Newbie
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    when i do that, it asks for some sort of password ( i think it is for the Alom, this password is not given to me, either my company guys dont have it, or dont remember it.), but as of now, i have like 7 v240, that i am using to wipe the v440 and swapping drives all over the place, ( i am having this problem with all the 440, and not the 240's), so it is very unusual. oh well will try guessing the pass.

    edit: i changed the dvd's, used an original solaris 9 that i found in one of the server racks, and it boot's and format's fine... oh well................
    thanks though :)

    Edited by: charm_quark on May 11, 2012 12:34 PM

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