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How do I wipe an external HD with DBan?

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#1 Rnova


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 08:41 PM

This shouldn't be this difficult but here's the problem. I have a HD from a Lenovo Thinkpad that I want to completely wipe with DBAN, which I've been trying to do through various Dell desktops and laptops. None of the Dell's will recognize this HD when I swap them out internally. I am able to access this harddrive through a USB SATA cable, but I cannot boot the HD that came out of the Lenovo, and thus I am unable to use DBAN on this harddrive. I think its a compatibility issue with the hardware on the Dell's I've been using and the HD that came out of the Lenovo Thinkpad, it just wont work, when I try to boot this hard drive in a Dell i get the message media check [failed], it seems this hard drive wont boot in anything except a Lenovo. I've been googling this for a few days and I cant find a solution.


I could use CCleaner's drive wipe option, but I don't trust it as much as I do DBAN. So what are my options? I want to do 7 passes on this drive and install linux and make it usable in a Dell. 

Edited by Rnova, 05 February 2017 - 09:02 PM.

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#2 JohnC_21


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 09:32 PM

Download and install Partition Wizard to the computer you will be attaching the HDD to using the USB adapter. Run Partition Wizard and do a disk wipe using your preferred method. I would not bother with anything past 3 passes. On modern drives one pass is sufficient but select the one you are most comfortable with.


Make sure you are selecting the correct disk in Partition Wizard.


Edit: All steps in Partition Wizard are virtual so the operation will not start until Apply is clicked.

Edited by JohnC_21, 05 February 2017 - 09:35 PM.

#3 NickAu


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Posted 05 February 2017 - 09:33 PM


I want to do 7 passes on this drive and install linux and make it usable in a Dell.




IMO its a waste of time especially if you are installing Linux. What I would do is boot the PC from a Live distro and use Gparted to delete the partitions on said drive then reformat it in ext 3 or 4. Even that is un necessary IMO as the Linux installer can do it for you


If you need help with the above please start a new post in the Linux & Unix section.



Edited by NickAu, 05 February 2017 - 09:35 PM.

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