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Computer does not boot with hard drive, after wipe


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#1 DnDer

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 04:18 PM

I had to wipe a drive with DBAN, because it's leaving the facility to go to one of our employees.

On reboot, after DBAN completed, I get a black screen. No beep code, no nothing. Lights on the front of the case for CD-ROM, hdd and power all read as green, as if the machine were functioning normally.

I remove the hard drive I just wiped and power it on with a live distro (ubuntu 10.04) in the drive. Boots right up. No errors from keyboard, mouse or video.

This has got me stumped. Did DBAN just brick my hard drive (I've used DBAN dozens of times here at work without incident - it would seem unlikely)? Or is there something more I need to consider to bring this thing back to life?

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Posted 06 July 2010 - 04:57 PM

You never posted the hard drives manufacturer, but there are utilities that can correct problems with hard drives, but the programs are hardware specific.
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Posted 07 July 2010 - 10:06 AM

WD200, Western Digital Caviar

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Posted 07 July 2010 - 10:47 AM

Use the Data Lifeguard Diagnostic for floppy or cd from Western Digital

http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/forums/t/28744/hard-drive-installation-and-diagnostic-tools/
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Posted 07 July 2010 - 12:22 PM

I ran both tests on the disc and received no errors. Since then, I've been able to install 10.04 on it as planned.

Thank you for at least letting me know that the hard drive is working fine.

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Posted 08 July 2010 - 03:04 PM

Well it sounds like everything has worked out in your favor.

I really hope that is the case. :thumbsup:

Enjoy! UBUNTU is a great OS, I've been using it on and off for a few months now, on this computer as a second OS and on another system as a dedicated single OS.
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