In this article, we will provide instructions on how to wipe iSCSI drives. iSCSI stands for Internet Small Computer Systems Interface. iSCSI is a transport layer protocol that works on top of the Transport Control Protocol (TCP). It enables block-level SCSI data transport between the iSCSI initiator and the storage target over TCP/IP networks. Because the connection to the storage is through the network, it is highly recommended to make sure the network is stable and with no issues.
To proceed with this, you will need the following:
- Machine running Windows.
- WipeDrive for Windows Installed.
Now we will continue with the wiping process.
- Make sure your Windows machine is up to date and you are using the most recent version of WipeDrive for Windows.
- Go to your start menu, type ‘iSCSI’, and then select the iSCSI Initiator application.
- In the properties, you will go under the ‘Discovery’ tab, click on Discover Portal, and enter the IP with the iSCSI drives.
- After that, you will need to connect the targets or drives to your machine. For that, you need to move to the ‘Targets’ tab and you should be able to see the available drives for connection.
- From the Targets tab, you will be able to go one by one the drives, select and connect, they should change from Inactive to Connected.
- Now if you go to Computer Management, under Disk Management, you should be able to see the new drive. It is not required to format or assign a letter to the disk. The important part is that the drive is detected as an internal drive.
- Finally, after you make sure the drive is connected and detected by the machine, you can proceed to start the wiping process, and for that you need to run WipeDrive for Windows and the drive will appear listed on WipeDrive.
- Now you can proceed to select the options you want to apply and start the wiping process of the drive.
Note: With this process, you are not wiping the physical drive, instead you are running the process over a virtual drive on a remote target machine. For that reason, you will see a generated Brand, Model, and Serial Number. Due to the nature of using a virtual disk, and its configuration, there may be areas of the drive that were not fully erased.