This article is the first part of "Erasing storage systems" article series.

In the "Erasing servers with Blancco Drive Eraser" article we provided instructions for erasing server environments. On a basic level the same instructions also apply to more advanced storage system erasures, but in many cases some alternative steps need to be taken.

The basic principle for storage systems in general is to have a host server available with a compatible Host Bus Adapter(s) (HBA). The correct HBA model depends on the disk array's fiber interface and the link speed. The HBA must have direct access to the physical drives. In order to do all that, the active disk processor enclosures or controller units and switches between the server and hard drives should be bypassed.

Here are some tips and suggestions to ensure that your next array erasure using Blancco completes successfully:

For more information, read the following articles:

  1. Erasing storage systems part 2: Disk controller
  2. Erasing storage systems part 3: Troubleshooting
  3. Erasing servers with Blancco Drive Eraser