Solved

Formatting Serial Attached SCSI drives to wipe data

Posted on 2014-01-06
7
1,240 Views
Last Modified: 2014-01-07
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?
0
Comment
Question by:lodgingsit
7 Comments
 
LVL 22

Expert Comment

by:Rick Hobbs
ID: 39760315
I have an older laptop with a PCMCIA SCSI adapter.  I connect it to the drive with the proper adapter and use wipedisk.
0
 
LVL 55

Expert Comment

by:andyalder
ID: 39760677
I have a large hammer plus a defective media retention agreement with the maintenance company.
0
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:Biniek
ID: 39760728
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
PRTG Network Monitor: Intuitive Network Monitoring

Network Monitoring is essential to ensure that computer systems and network devices are running. Use PRTG to monitor LANs, servers, websites, applications and devices, bandwidth, virtual environments, remote systems, IoT, and many more. PRTG is easy to set up & use.

 
LVL 55

Accepted Solution

by:
andyalder earned 500 total points
ID: 39761816
>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
 
LVL 1

Author Comment

by:lodgingsit
ID: 39762085
andyalder - what cable would be needed to attach the above card to a SAS HDD?
0
 
LVL 1

Author Closing Comment

by:lodgingsit
ID: 39762088
thank you
0
 
LVL 55

Expert Comment

by:andyalder
ID: 39762375
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

Featured Post

Optimizing Cloud Backup for Low Bandwidth

With cloud storage prices going down a growing number of SMBs start to use it for backup storage. Unfortunately, business data volume rarely fits the average Internet speed. This article provides an overview of main Internet speed challenges and reveals backup best practices.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Hyper-convergence systems have taken the IT world by storm and have quickly started to change our point of view of how the data center should and could be architected. In this article, I’ll explain the benefits of employing a hyper-converged system …
No matter the version of Windows you are using, you may have some problems with Windows Search running too slow or possibly not running at all. Before jumping into how you can solve this issue, just know there are many other viable alternative deskt…
Established in 1997, Technology Architects has become one of the most reputable technology solutions companies in the country. TA have been providing businesses with cost effective state-of-the-art solutions and unparalleled service that is designed…
A short tutorial showing how to set up an email signature in Outlook on the Web (previously known as OWA). For free email signatures designs, visit https://www.mail-signatures.com/articles/signature-templates/?sts=6651 If you want to manage em…

786 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question