Disk Erase for HP Raid controller

bobmarsh

New Member
I know that DBAN does not handle all types of Array controller but does anyone know of a program that does?

I've used the HP SmartStart CD/DVD system erase tool but it is not secure enough.

Am looking for commercial or free software
thanks
 

DavidHB

Active Member
With DBAN, it's a matter of drivers being available, because DBAN is, in effect, its own OS. It's different with programs such as Eraser, because, if Windows can see the array as a drive, Eraser can work with it.

As you have already used the HP tool, it isn't clear to me what state your array is currently in. Nor do you say what you mean by 'not secure enough'. But, to take a guess, if the array still exists, is now empty of user files and is seen by Windows as a drive, a free space erase with Eraser should remove all traces of previously deleted user files. If there are areas of the physical disks that cannot be accessed by the Windows files system, Eraser will not touch those, but they shouldn't contain user data in any case.

I hope that helps. Without more information it is difficult know your precise requirements.

David
 

bobmarsh

New Member
David thanks for the reply. I've read post from some who tested the HP tool and was able to recover data. The method i need this tool to work with is as follows.

To boot the server from ISO and run an secure data wiping tool. We do not want to wipe data drives from within the windows OS.

To allow me to do this across multiple array controllers i need a tool that array drivers can be added to so that it will boot and see the volumes on the array controller.
 

Joel

Active Member
Hmm, if you are erasing the disks in your array then chances are the array can be broken down to its constituent disks and the disks themselves erased individually. That would be a bit more secure as then the disks will not be "randomly in sync" -- the disks have random data, but the data seems to correspond to each other which indicate that a disk erasure tool has been used.

Having said that, David is one who says that random data on the disk is incriminating enough. Ohwell.
 

ForensicsGuy

New Member
Wiping disks in a RAID array is problematic. I'd suggest pulling the drives and wiping them as individual drives.
 
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