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Question PLEASE HELP: DBAN ERROR /dev/sdb

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#1 Sandy_S


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Posted 20 September 2010 - 03:57 PM

Okay, you can laugh all you want at me, but in the end please remember to be kind, because I am not a 'tech' person and I rely on the patience and kindness of those who are knowledable to help me understand things in a non-technical way. So if there is anyone out there that can answer this question, I would 'greatly' appreciate it.

Anyway, here is the problem. All three of my computers got infected with some nasty trojans and worms and I decided to format all of them using DBAN. The desktop format went flawlessly .. however I have run into a problem with my Gateway M-6337 laptop (this is the specs: http://support.gateway.com/s//Mobile/2008/...15606Rnv.shtml). I used DBAN dban-2.2.6_i586.iso burned on a CD. I placed a Lexar JumpDrive into the USB port right beside the DVD drive. I booted the computer and everything went according to plan ... I chose method: RCMP TSSIT OPS-II (which I understand now was overkill just to get rid of viruses) ... it took approximately 15 hours to complete. In the end this was the result:

* ERROR /dev/sdb (process crash)
* PASS ATA Disk WDC WD2500BEVS-2 01.8 232GB WD-WXH488660391

So my question is this ... 'because I have no idea what a /dev/sdb is, I just want to know if anyone can tell me is there any way that any kind of trojan / worm / virus, etc., could have survived because of this /dev/sdb crash ... or am I safe to reinstall my software and carry on?
Thank you so much for any and all advice and or information you can offer. I appreciate your time and best wishes to everyone who takes the time to help strangers with their problems just out of the kindness of their hearts.


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#2 Sandy_S

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 09:57 AM

I'm BEGGING someone to please reply to this. I am going crazy. I don't know how much more worry and paranoia I can take. PLEASE! *Anybody*? All I want to know is: is there any way that any kind of trojan / worm / virus, etc., could have survived because of this /dev/sdb crash ... or am I safe to reinstall my software and carry on? Thank you so much.

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Posted 21 September 2010 - 11:34 AM

I have never used DBAN so I'm not familiar with any errors it may throw. However, when doing a Google Search for ERROR /dev/sdb (process crash), it appears to be a common error.

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