This document describes how to remove confidential user data from a CAT-DEV or CAT-R. This can be helpful to ensure that stale bits from previous uploads are no longer present, or for returning a console to Nintendo for repair or replacement.
Your CAT-DEV has the capability to wipe its internal HDD clean using a variety of methods. To access this functionality, follow these steps:
Alternatively, access the page directly by adding "/drive_wipe.cgi" after the IP address (e.g. http://126.96.36.199/drive_wipe.cgi).
The table below describes each function available on that page and the approximate time:
|Function||Approximate Time||Description||Security Level|
|Delete All Banks||1 second||Deletes the bank headers, making the files inaccessible.||Very low|
|Blank Wipe||1h 30m||Writes zeroes to all HDD sectors||Low|
|Random 32MB Pattern||1h 35m||Writes a single, random 32MB pattern to each sector||Good|
|Random Data||2h||Writes separate, random data to every sector||Best|
After clicking START, the web browser will go to a page to show the progress. Additionally, the HDD light on the CAT-DEV will start to blink. The page will refresh approximately every 5 seconds with the latest status. The operation may be canceled at any time by using the CANCEL button, but any data already erased will not be recoverable.
Each option makes the data inaccessible in its own way. If you are looking for the title to not enumerate in the System Config Tool, select the Delete All Banks option. However, if you are returning your CAT-DEV for repair, then a Random Data wipe is likely the best option to ensure data security.
Follow the instructions below to delete confidential user data from CAT-DEV NAND.
BRIDGE_CURRENT_IP_ADDRESSenvironment variables are configured for your CAT-DEV. If necessary, use the following command to set them:
source setbridge -default [bridge_name] [ip_addr]where
[bridge_name]is the name of case-sensitive the CAT-DEV, and
[ip_addr]is the IP address for the CAT-DEV.
Follow the instructions below to delete confidential data from a CAT-R.
2014/08/12 Added '
cafex cleardata' step.
2013/10/23 Merge with HDD cleaning steps and update.
2011/02/21 Initial version.