I have a Dell T110 PowerEdge here and I would like to wipe its contents, and re-install the OS if possible. My issue is that I know nothing of servers, the IT expert that originally set up the server at our small business has now retired so it is up to us to try clear the server so we can get rid of it. All of the information I can find on doing this is beyond my knowledge of servers (which isn't difficult). I am hoping, though I realise it might be challenging, that someone could guide me through how to wipe the server in a language that the lay-man could understand (I have no idea what RAID is or how to access it).
Things I have managed to discover so far:
This server uses Unified Server Configurator, not Lifecycle Controller
The ctrl-R shortcut during boot does not appear to work on this device.
Thanks in advance!
If your intent is to dispose of the server then I would suggest destroying the hard drives, as that is the simplest guaranteed way of making sure the data is safely destroyed. If that isn't an option because you want someone else to be able to use the system then we can look at formatting the drives. If you have the SAS6/ir controller installed in the server you wouldn't see a CTRL-R prompt, but instead would see a CTRL-C prompt. The CTRL-R prompt would be if you were using the embedded controller (S100). So when you reboot look for the term
"Press CTRL-C to run SAS Configuration Utility..."
After hitting CTRL-C and it takes you to the utility, you would need to hit enter on the controller, then from the next page you will select Raid Properties - View Existing Array - Manage Array - Delete Array. That will delete the array configuration, but not the data. In order to delete the data on the drives we would need to create a new array to allow it to format the drives. So you would need to back out of that page back to the View Existing Array page (which is now gone since the array was deleted), and select Create IM Volume, then select the drives by scrolling to RAID Disk column and put YES for the drives, once that is done then hit C to create the volume. Then you will need to save the volume, then hit F3 to confirm. Once that is completed the back up to View Existing Array - Manage Array - Activate Array, then you're done.
This is all presuming that you have a SAS6/ir installed.
Let me know if you see any of this, if not then let me know what you see under SATA SETTINGS - SATA CONTROLLER in the BIOS (F2 at startup).
Hi Chris, thanks for your detailed reply!
There is also no ctrl-C prompt on startup, only a ctrl-S one which seems to be for something else.
I have been able to get to the BIOS screen (F2) but there doesn't appear to be a SATA controller listed under SATA settings. Is it under the name "SATA Controller"? Or is it one of the listed Ports? Nothing here is called SATA Controller. Thanks again for your help.
It should look like this;
Which you should be able to set that field to OFF, ATA Mode, AHCI mode, or RAID Mode.
What revision is the BIOS, is it and the rest of the server up to date?