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I'm working with a Sun Microsystems Ultra 10 and want to wipe the contents of it's hard drive. I have a Rescue CD with DBAN on it but the computer won't boot to it. Why not? Can I make it? I'm completely unfamiliar with this, all computers have a BIOS right? So in theory I could tell it to boot from the CD-ROM.

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DBAN looks to be designed for x86 computers using a BIOS.

An Ultra 10 is neither of these, being an UltraSPARC computer using OpenBOOT.

You need a Solaris bootable media (commonly a CD) to wipe your disk.

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What does CPU architecture have to do with the ability to read a disk? I didn't know there were alternatives to a BIOS. – Celeritas Aug 20 '13 at 20:33
The CPU architecture has a lot to do with the ability to execute binary code a bootable media like DBAN contains. – jlliagre Aug 20 '13 at 20:40

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