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EMC Boot from USB —

by anbrow42 on Sep 22, 2014 10:44 AM

After a lot of research and help from others, the answer has been found.  You CAN boot from a USB drive and wipe the disks!  Here is the procedure:

 

1. create bootable media, either a USB thumbdrive, or bootable CD using BCWipe or whatever other application you choose.

2. attach bootable media via USB

3. boot Data Domain with a keyboard and monitor attached directly to it.  The moment you see the first text on the screen, start tapping the F2 key.

4. It will eventually come up and ask for the CURRENT password.  This is NOT the password you have set up for users, this is a BIOS/CMOS password.  Found the password info HERE: http://lvlnrd.com/emc-datadomain-default-bios-cmos-password/

DD460 = d400d (delta four zero zero delta)

DD670 = d600d (delta six zero zero delta)

DD880 = d800d (delta four zero zero delta)

The pattern is simple, “d + major series model number + d

5. Once you are into the BIOS, go to the boot menu, set your USB drive as the first boot disk, and reboot.

6. Once you have rebooted it will boot from the USB drive, and you can then wipe the disks as you need to.  This may take a week or more depending on size of your drives.

7. After the wipe is complete, you will likely need to re-install the DDOS, the instructions for which can be found in the official documentation.

 

NOTE:  There is only one drawback with this method that I can think of.  There is not a way with BCWipe booting it from USB that you can save the logs or get the certificate saved so any media, so the only way to get a record of it is to snap a photo of the logs.  Cybersecurity has agreed to this method.


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