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Deleting hard drive before selling Old Dell

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#1 Sanks


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Posted 28 December 2016 - 12:50 AM

Just looking for some guidance with deleting/wiping my hard drive on an old computer before disposal/sale. I read and followed instructions from Lifewire and have done the following:-

Downloaded the DBAN software for deleting the files. Used ISO to USB burning software (used 2 different versions) to create the bootable USB with the DBAN software on it. Did all of this on my Laptop (old Dell no longer has internet connection).


When I go to restart the Dell via the USB (changed the BIOS startup sequence to select USB as Boot source) it reads the USB brings up a message saying


Remove disks or other media

Press any key to continue


This message just repeats. I have tried different USB ports without success. There is only the USB keyboard and mouse connected and there is nothing in the CD drive.


Have repeated all process/downloads USB creations etc multiple times but to no avail. hope someone may be able to assist.



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#2 Sanks

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 01:04 AM

Sorry to bother folks - I have solved the issue. Rather than using a USB I went backwards and used a CD and hey presto!


Not sure why but it has worked.

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Posted 28 December 2016 - 12:08 PM

Glad you resolved it, thanks for letting us know.


Happy computing :).



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