Windows 2000 Server


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I have a server running Windows 2000 with a RAID configuration. I would like to scrub off everything but the operating system, if possible. I'd like to give this away, and the windows operating system could be useful to someone. If worse comes to worst, I could scrub everything and let someone reinstall an operating system. Any suggestions on how I could do this with your software--or someone else's. I'm eager to get thing out of my closet!
For OSs earlier than XP, I think you would need to use Eraser 5.7, no longer supported (i.e. we can't necessarily advise if it doesn't work), but available from the Eraser page on Sourceforge. I know that 5.7 works on Windows 95/98, so hope that it works on 2000 also.

Eraser will I believe work with RAID volumes, but what 5.7 can and can't do in this respect I don't know. And erasing everything and then free space can be tricky; it is quite hard to be sure that you've left nothing sensitive behind. Indeed, I am not sure that preserving a Windows 2000 installation makes much sense any more.

Your best bet may be to use DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke) to clear the whole drive. There is a companion forum to this one, and also a rather more active forum and downloads on Sourceforge. Essentially, the software is a floppy disk or CD image, from which you create a boot disk. You boot with this disk, and, if DBAN works, it makes everything stored on the machine non-recoverable. The real issue with DBAN is that it hasn't been supported or updated for some years, and the basic OS from which it runs does not work with all hardware.

With such old hardware, I know of no entirely foolproof method of doing what you want. But both Eraser 5.7 and DBAN (it's your choice) may be worth a go.

Eraser 5.8 should work (any of the later versions) and Eraser 6 may also work (though I've ever tested it on Win2k.)

RAID would usually not affect the erase, especially if it is hardware RAID. In that case, the only area which can't be erase is the RAID volume information area reserved by the controller (inaccessible to users, anyway, and only RAID information is stored there.) If you want to erase the whole drive, break the array and erase drive-by-drive.

Have you tested the current version on Windows Server 2008 Standard on a RAID-5 volume? I am looking to selectively delete data folders without any risk of damaging the integrity of the volume.
Is the RAID-5 volume hardware or software (Dynamic Disk) RAID?

Eraser should not damage the integrity of the volume, since to the OS and underlying hardware, it only writes data to disk.