-disconnect any hard drives you don’t want “nuked” (VERY IMPORTANT)
-connect the drive that needs to be wiped
-insert the DBaN bootable CD and reboot
-follow a couple simple walkthrough screens (or simple select autonuke) and say goodbye to any chance of reading anything that was ever on that drive
there was actually a recent dl.tv podcast on sanitizing hard drives. DBaN has always been my favorite and was positively reviewed on the show, but I’m sure you can find their other recommendations on the dl.tv website as well. I think the episode was from a week or so ago [/nerd]
i don’t think i’ll have to prove much, as they were going to throw the base unit in the skip, i may ask to try and fix it & keep it, as they are emigrating to New Zealand in august so they won’t be needing it.
installed dban onto floppy, set PC to boot from floppy first, unplugged my drives & plugged in old drive, rebooted with floppy inserted, now PC just sat at post op screen i think it’s called, don’t think it recognised the drive.
i then tried to install it as a slave drive & it’s still not being recognised, PC still hung as post op screen.
actually its called “post” without the op
is it the only drive on the cable?
did you connect the ide cable in the right order? example 1—2---3
connector 1 (blue) - goes to motherboard ide socket
connector 2 (grey) - goes to slave drive
connector 3 (black) - goes to master drive
also check bios settings , if theres a thing called “ide hdd auto detection” in it then use it
Will dban boot properly if the HDD is not connected?
It might be a faulty HDD or a problem with the jumper
settings. What make/model is it? Some IDE drives need
a very strange jumper configuration to work properly.
I remember spending a long time trying to configure
a WD drive which didn’t use the normal combination
of pins for Master/Slave/CS.