Storage Enclosure Erasure Unit


Storage Enclosure Erasure Unit

A universal hardware solution to erase Disk Array Enclosures independent from the Data Processors using the Certus Erasure Cloud account or the offline version.

The Advantages :

  • Full Transparancy
  • Same functionality as Cloud Solution
  • Functionality online or offline
  • Customized Reporting
  • Erasing up to 700 HDDs simultaneously
  • Availability to upload erasure reports into CEWM

The requirements


To erase Disk Array Enclosure, you need a Storage Enclosures Erasure (SEE) unit, a machine equipped with a HBA card (available upon request).


Software has boot support for both UEFI and legacy (BIOS) firmware. You need an USB drive or blank CD/DVD to create a bootable Certus Erasure media device. You can use any image writing software, however we recommend using “Win 32 Disk Imager”.


Online option: an Internet connection is required to login to your Certus cloud account to access purchased licenses and define erasure settings. All network transmissions are protected by security encryption protocol TLS v1.3.

Offline option: a Single Unit HASP Key is required to login to Certus Erasure Software. The key contains login credentials and purchased licenses and should be purchased separately.


Online option: all your erasure activities such as erasure and hardware audit reports can be found in the Certus Erasure Web Manager.

Offline option: all your erasure activities such as erasure and hardware audit reports or issue reports need to be saved on an external storage device. Note that they can not be saved on the bootable USB drive and HASP Key. Saved reports can be imported to the Certus Software Web Manager. The HASP Key ID should be linked to your Cloud account (available upon request).

The Process


Step 1


Disconnect Disk Array Enclosure from the Data Processor and connect it with an SFP/SAS cable to the HBA card of the SEE Unit. Power on Disk Array Enclosure and wait for the initialisation of all drives.


Step 2

Start Certus Software

Start the SEE Unit using the prepared bootable USB drive. Use your Certus account login credentials to sign in by using the online option or plug in your Single Unit HASP Key to sign for the offline option.


Step 3

Erase storage devices

Set the necessary erasure pattern and verification level. Select the drives for erasure. „Unfreeze“ drives if needed and start the erasure process.


Step 4

Save erasure reports

After the erasure process has been completed, generate an erasure report and save it in your Certus cloud account or on an external storage device.

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