Formatting Serial Attached SCSI drives to wipe data

I have two hard disks that were part of a RAID-5 array. Our company policy states we need to  low level these drives before sending them back to the manufacturer for the RMA. I attached them to a windows box with a SAS to SATA cable and a SATA to USB cable. Windows sees the disk under disk management, but cannot initialize it. I've tried under linux\parted magic, but it doesn't see anything at all. How can I format these disks?
LVL 1
lodgingsitAsked:
Who is Participating?
 
andyalderConnect With a Mentor Commented:
>SAS to SATA cable and a SATA to USB cable.

That certainly won't work, a SAS to SATA cable only works if connected to a SAS controller, it's the equivalent of sawing a notch in the SAS connector so the SATA cable fits. As per above you need a SAS HBA (non-RAID). For example http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/IBM-25R8071-LSI-Logic-SAS3444E-3Gb-s-SAS-HBA-PCI-E-Card-25-/350966738130 (I think that particular card is limited to 2TB and smaller though).
0
 
Rick HobbsRETIREDCommented:
I have an older laptop with a PCMCIA SCSI adapter.  I connect it to the drive with the proper adapter and use wipedisk.
0
 
andyalderCommented:
I have a large hammer plus a defective media retention agreement with the maintenance company.
0
Worried about phishing attacks?

90% of attacks start with a phish. It’s critical that IT admins and MSSPs have the right security in place to protect their end users from these phishing attacks. Check out our latest feature brief for tips and tricks to keep your employees off a hackers line!

 
BiniekCommented:
I supposed that, it will be problem with SAS/SATA/USB connection, it maybe does not work correctly, please read some info:
http://community.spiceworks.com/topic/250108-sas-to-usb-adapter

Have You another server ? , on which can You connect/import these disks and wipe ?

It is better to connect SAS disk to server/computer with SAS controller not by USB/SATA/SAS connection.
0
 
lodgingsitAuthor Commented:
andyalder - what cable would be needed to attach the above card to a SAS HDD?
0
 
lodgingsitAuthor Commented:
thank you
0
 
andyalderCommented:
Your SATA to SAS cable would work since the card's a SAS HBA so the internal SATA connectors on it carry the SAS protocol.
0
Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

All Courses

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.