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I'm running "Derik's Boot and Nuke 2.2.6 beta". When I get to a blue screen (not a BSOD) after booting to the live CD the following is printed...

Derik's Boot and Nuke 2.2.6 (beta) is starting.

Waiting for USB devices to register..........................done.

PCI (sys)

After that, it just sits there forever... Any advice, other than an older version of DBAN? I have gotten this version of DBAN to work on an older machine before.

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DBAN is pointless use MHDD Secure Erase MHDD erases using functions built into the HD's controller. So it is much faster and also erases parts of the HD DBAN cannot. – Arctor Mar 24 '11 at 13:48
Thanks for the comments @jb48394! I will try to remember to use this next time I need to wipe a drive clean. I use DBAN because it offers Gutmann (35 passes). The governemtn uses it, so why not me? :) – David Mar 24 '11 at 14:06
@David: Gutmann's algorithm was already useless by the time it had been published (according to himself), and was never used by "the" government (or by any government, americans). – grawity Jan 26 '12 at 23:02
I gave MHDD a shot, using version 4.6, and it was unable to detect the HDD in the laptop I was trying to wipe. Version 4.5 supports ATA/SCSI, so I probably just grabbed the wrong iso. – Melikoth Feb 8 '12 at 13:43
I'm very sure that DBAN works. I have used it numerous times. If you don't want to waste a CD attempting it, just make your flash drive boot-able with the ISO on it. Let me know if you have any problems. – David Feb 8 '12 at 15:19
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You need to disable your card reader or other devices in BIOS.

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Wow. Quick, Simple, and easy answer that works. Thank you so much. P.S. It was the card reader... – David Nov 9 '10 at 21:20
Flas Media Reader was the only device I needed to disable as well. Thanks for the heads up! – Melikoth Feb 8 '12 at 13:35
Hmm. Firmware F.16 on an HP dv9347cl doesn't seem to offer the ability to disable the card reader. :-\ – Dennis Wurster Dec 10 '12 at 21:09

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