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Hi guys,

I need to format alot of SCSI SCA HDD's

I have a HP Proliant Server set up and am wondering if theres any type of software that can be burned to a boot disk and preform a quick format, Ive tried Dariks Boot and Nuke but it couldnt detect any of the drives and asked for drivers??

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Also If i was to use HP smart array to create a logical drive then delete it could this be a alt to formatting?
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root problem is the smartarray controller.  you must use a non raid controller.

please also clarify format. I am addressing performing the actual scsi format (media init) command. which will, as a result set every bit on the drive to 0 & optionally rebuild the bad block table.  
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Basically I just want these drives ready to install a fresh OS on them im not fussed on making sure every piece of data is completly wiped forever.

Could i not create a logical drive over the physical drives and then delete it? i noticed when i did this before i got a warning message saying something like " if you delete this logical drive its contents will be deleted also" and that is all i want.

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Then don't do anything.  People incorrectly think formatting is necessary.  The drives really only need to be formatted if you change sector size from 520 to 512, or something like that, or need to mess with the grown defect list.

Windows will carve out the partitions and build a file system and lay out what it needs as it goes.  If the "data" is not defined to be part of a file, directory entry , or anything else that the O/S knows it created or is supposed to be used, then it won't use it.

Granted there is a benefit as a poor man's diagnostic, but you can do a chkdsk and select the box to do media scan for bad blocks.  

If you want EASY way to zero out all these disks, and have access to a non-RAID controller, then you can also boot to LINUX, and enter
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb  bs=1024k &
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc bs=1024k &

(Substitute device name.  Above will write zeros in chunks of 1024KB to /dev/sda /dev/sdb all at the same time, all concurrently)  (If you boot on USB stick to ramdisk linux, then /dev/sda is typically USB stick, but verify .. then the other devices are going to be the SCSI disks)

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