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    Exclamation DBAN won't work...

    Sending by computer back to Dell and I want to wipe the HDD using DBAN.

    The CD/DVD doesn't work so I have to go for a USB method (like so)

    What I've tried:
    -WinRAR extract 1.0.7 iso to usb
    -WinRAR extract 2.0.0 iso to usb
    -Installing via 1.0.7 exe

    What I get, either:
    -Blinking line
    -"Boot failed"
    -"BOOTMGR" is missing
    -"Remove disks or other media. Press any key to restart."

    Any ideas? Anything I'm doing wrong? Any other whole-disk-wipe programs I could use?

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    Default Re: DBAN won't work...

    Take the drive out, hook it up to a desktop, and wipe from that.
    The problem you're having is probably because DBAN doesn't have support for your chipset
    Other than that, Gutman or DOD wipes are really unnecessary. No one is going to recover a zero'd drive, so just boot from your favorite linux live cd, and from a command line, issue
    $ dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=1M

    ...I'd be fine even just deleting the partitions with GParted (unless you've got some serious stuff on there, top secret or such), it's not like Dell is going to try recovering your stuff.

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    Default Re: DBAN won't work...

    Quote Originally Posted by Hep! View Post
    Take the drive out, hook it up to a desktop, and wipe from that.
    The problem you're having is probably because DBAN doesn't have support for your chipset
    Other than that, Gutman or DOD wipes are really unnecessary. No one is going to recover a zero'd drive, so just boot from your favorite linux live cd, and from a command line, issue
    $ dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda bs=1M

    ...I'd be fine even just deleting the partitions with GParted (unless you've got some serious stuff on there, top secret or such), it's not like Dell is going to try recovering your stuff.
    I see. Thank you.

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    Jp Re: DBAN won't work...

    Tumido try this enable USB support in your bios and save and exit.(if you can enable USB device as 1st boot device all the better)
    Power up PC without USB key/device in PC once your bios post loads up connect your USB key before your see the Windows screen.
    This should work if you had issues booting from a USB device.
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    Default Re: DBAN won't work...

    Quote Originally Posted by BlackRussian View Post
    Tumido try this enable USB support in your bios and save and exit.(if you can enable USB device as 1st boot device all the better)
    Power up PC without USB key/device in PC once your bios post loads up connect your USB key before your see the Windows screen.
    This should work if you had issues booting from a USB device.
    I don't think it's that's the problem... I previously installed Windows 7 through the use of the very same method and USB key.

    I'll give it a try though.

 

 

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