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I am new to Solaris and am trying to delete some hard drives in a sunfire server (the system has data on it but is not bootable).  I am tyring to boot the system with a Sun5.8 install disk and get to a point in the install where it can't see any disks.  Do I need to mount these or is there ane asier way to wipe out the disks than with the install?  

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I'm not sure that Solaris 8 has support for that hardware, or if the specific version of Solaris 8 you have (don't know what it is) has SunFire support. If you've got an early Solaris 8, it may lack the drivers it needs.

I'd suggest using Solaris 9 media and retrying. Your plan sounds fine, I think it's a software version issue.
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It depends on which modle of Sunfire you have, I know Solaris 8 release 2/02 (old)
can run on the V880.  the latest Solaris 8 is 2/04 (SPARC).

To play safe use the Solaris 9 or 10 CD to do the job. you can download the Solaris OS images from:

    http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/binaries_program.xml
    http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/9/
    http://www.sun.com/software/solaris/8/

BTW, you should use the Solaris Software CD (1st CD) instead of the Installation CD to boot up to single user mode.(the Installation CD is for boot/installation server setup)
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