hdrescue
1 Nickel

DOD wipe fibre channel drives with CX-2PDAE

Hello Guys,

I need to find the easiest way to connect Fibre Channel hard drives and be able to detect them in a windows system. My propose is to DOD formatting the content of this hard drives.

I have some equipment already that I´m not sure if I can use.

1x EMC CX-2PDAE-FD 15 bay fibre channel

1x Qlogic QLE 2460 with LC connection

3x SPF to LC transceivers

3x LC to LC fiber channel cables

Not knowing if its possible at all my idea was to connect the enclosure to a win10 desktop and be able to detect the drive by the system and wipe them off.

I´m not a knowledge guy in this king of systems.

Hope some one can assist me with this one.

Regards.

Tags (2)
0 Kudos
16 Replies
8 Krypton

Re: DOD wipe fibre channel drives with CX-2PDAE

Hello,

This is not so easy. The EMC DAE is using the fc protocol via cooper cables. You HBA is the optical version. You need HSSDC cables and a hba with a hssdc port. Something like a qla2200 (not the qla2200F).

Considering the age of the DAE and the difficulties to get an fc/cooper hba would it not be more cost effective to mechanically destroy the drives?

Regards

0 Kudos
8 Krypton

Re: DOD wipe fibre channel drives with CX-2PDAE

Looking at the pictures you need hssdc2 cables.

0 Kudos
hdrescue
1 Nickel

Re: DOD wipe fibre channel drives with CX-2PDAE

Thanks for your reply rewalmilo.

This is a service I need to supply. There are some companies there that want to reuse the hard drives but they need to be sure the drives were wiped out and certificate that. Thats the reason I need to find a way to do it.

That cooper hba (qla2200/66) have the hssdc2 connection ou hsscd? In this case I need that hba and two cables right? need to connect both EXP PRX ?

The hba is PCI-X so I will need a server to be able to connect it, it will be impossible in a desktop.

Thanks

0 Kudos
8 Krypton

Re: DOD wipe fibre channel drives with CX-2PDAE

Are you intending to re-purpose these drives in another system?  The drives for the 2PDAE are getting pretty old, might be best to just physically destroy them, unless you find an EMC system to connect the shelf to, then you could zero them via naviseccli.  You could also try to sell them, and ensure secure transit to someone who has the hardware to wipe them. 

0 Kudos
hdrescue
1 Nickel

Re: DOD wipe fibre channel drives with CX-2PDAE

Hello,

Thanks for your reply.

Drives are not mine, this is a rare service asked by some companies and I need to be able to supply the service.

I have hardware to wipe them but is slow because I can connect just 1 drive each time.. this is really slow as I have around 200 to wipe.

What kind of EMC system I need to connect this enclosure and be able to wipe 15 drives at same time? What is the cost of this equipments? Or is there a simple and cheaper way to do it?

Thanks

0 Kudos
8 Krypton

Re: DOD wipe fibre channel drives with CX-2PDAE

Hello,

-You need only 1 HBA connected to one LCC pri port , you don’t need to connect to the second LCC .

-The QLA 2200 has a HSSDC connector. But be care full the QLA2200 was just an example. It is a 1 Gig HBA and you have 2 GIG drives

Regards

0 Kudos
hdrescue
1 Nickel

Re: DOD wipe fibre channel drives with CX-2PDAE

Hello rewalmilo

Thanks for your reply.

I found this card in eBay; QLogic QLA2200 66 1GBIT 64bit Fibre Channel HBA Adapter FC0210406 DP N 0001280R | eBay

I tried to find 2GBIT similar card but I just find with LC connector.

1 GBIT card will not work at all? It will be incompatible or will just affect the access velocity?

Thanks

0 Kudos
8 Krypton

Re: DOD wipe fibre channel drives with CX-2PDAE

Be careful if you try a JBOD route like that, for one thing that HBA you pictured has an HSSDC connector, whereas the shelf you have has HSSDC2.  There is such a thing as an HSSDC-HSSDC2 cable though. 

When we wipe EMC drives, we generally use a pretty basic CX array, like a CX3-10 or CX4-120, but anything in the CX3 or CX4 line works fine for this purpose.  The hard part is having a spare head unit on hand to perform wipes with, otherwise you've got to leave empty space in a production system, carefully select which disks to zero so you don't blow away a production LUN, etc.  (I think most newish FLARE revisions prevent you from doing this, but still, always good to be careful!)

0 Kudos
8 Krypton

Re: DOD wipe fibre channel drives with CX-2PDAE

Hello,

There is maybe(!!!!) a other solution workaround.

Do you have access to a fibre channel switch? Then try to get hold of a cable called EMC sfp to hssdc2 cable.

For example www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-EMC-038-003-505-SFP-to-HSSDC2-5M-Fiber-Cable-/301567063715?hash=item4636cc36a3:g:hJMAAOSwpDdVCbdh<http://www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-EMC-038-003-505-SFP-to-HSSDC2-5M-Fiber-Cable-/301567063715?hash=item4636cc36a3:g:hJMAAOSwpDdVCbdh>

When you plug the SFP side into the switch instead of a normal gbic you should see the drives in the DAE as N-L (Fibre Channel loop connected device).

Then you should be able to zone the devices to any normal optical connected hba/server.

0 Kudos