I'm not sure if this is the place to be asking this, but maybe someone here knows what's going on?
I'm trying to create a bootable USB key with HDDErase.iso, obtained from http://cmrr.ucsd.edu/people/Hughes/Secure-Erase.html, using Rufus version 2.9.934, the portable version, acquired at http://rufus.akeo.ie/downloads/.
However, every time I try, Rufus responds with "This image is either non-bootable, or it uses a boot or compression method that is not supported by Rufus..." despite the fact that the program is explicitly bootable and if I'm not mistaken one of the many pages I rifled through on the way to it instructed that it be used with Rufus.
Will using an older version of Rufus fix this? Is there another program that works?
Thanks in advance for helping, and if you have any alternative methods of wiping HPA and DCO which are more likely to actually work, please share. All my files are already sitting in separate backups, so anything goes, no matter how deleterious to any and all data.
Also, I can't use an actual disk. This computer unfortunately has no CD/DVD drive and I have no way of obtaining a portable one right now.
My OS is Windows 8.1, if that's relevant.