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OpenVMS VAX Bootable CD? (Disk INIT/ERASE)

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The Question is:

We are shutting down some Vaxen for good and will donate the hardware - if
 there are any takers.  Before we do this, I need to wipe the disks.  Non
 OS-Disks are easy - INIT/ERASE.  I thought I'd use standalone backup to copy a
 wiped disk to the OS disk, b
ut there standalone backup doesn't have the INIT/ERASE functionality.  On
 alpha, I'd boot Read-Only VMS from the CD, but the vax CDs seem to only have
 SAbackup.  Any ideas?

The Answer is :

  A bootable OpenVMS VAX environment is available on current
  OpenVMS VAX CD distribution kits, via a bootstrap into root
  [SYS1].  Use the console command:
    >>> B/R5:10000000 ddcu:
  Alternatively, load the required saveset onto an initialized
  disk, and bootstrap that, and then use that to initialize
  (INIT/ERASE) the original system disk.
  The OpenVMS Wizard will assume that you are aware that folks
  with sufficient money and sufficient interest can potentially
  recover at least some the data that is "left" on the target
  disk after an INIT/ERASE pass.  This is not particularly easy,
  nor is this particularly cheap.  It is, however conceivably
  Related discussions include (841), (3926), (4286), (4598), (7320).

answer written or last revised on ( 30-NOV-2001 )

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