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dban, also known as Darik's Boot and Nuke, is a tool based on Linux used erase hard disks permanently and securely.

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dban disks found but they all have the dbanlog directory

Ok, so I am planning to wipe Windows from my old laptop and replace it with Linux. I am using Dban to wipe the hard drive and boot Kubuntu from a bootable USB. (The reason I wont dual boot is that the ...
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Best practice to put HDD into laptop before running DBAN?

I finally gathered enough info and files to put ye olde flakey HDD out of its misery. Burned Darik’s Boot and Nuke (DBAN) onto a newly bought 32GB USB stick (as recommended), figured out the booting-...
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HDAT2 Bad sector fix performs so freaking long

I have old laptop with os boot related issue. It wasn't booting previously installed windows 10 so I decided to install Linux Mint 20 instead. But something went wrong. I've got I/O error at /dev/sda ...
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DBAN on SSD using Quick Erase

I understand DBAN is not recommended for wiping SSD drives since DBAN was designed for HDD and SSDs should be wiped by either rotating the encryption key (if it is encrypted) or filling with zeros. ...
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How to get out of the DBAN's end-screen advertisement?

DBAN version 2.3.0 (downloaded from Sourceforge) displays a businesses-card-like advert for the company which acquired this software in 2012 -- when DBAN has finished a disk wipe, the program gives no ...
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How can I use DBAN on a dual-boot machine?

I have a dual-boot machine Windows 10 and Ubuntu, and I wish to remove both using DBAN and try another OS. The thing is, how do I do that? Do I just plug in DBAN and everything will go away? Or will ...
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DBAN USB not recognized

I've been trying for a few days now to put to use a Seagate 1TB HDD, but I can't get it to show. Neither Windows 8.1 nor my Linux USB seem to detect it. Gparted, fdisk... tried all i could think of. ...
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Laptops won't boot from USB after using DBAN

I used DBAN to wipe two HP laptops. Then I thought I'd install a new OS so I tried both Linux and Windows on USB using Rufus. None of the laptops recognize the USB sticks as bootable, though. "...
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Is the dban quick method for HDD equal to a full wipe?

I wiped my HDD with DBAN and the quick method. Craig Steven Wrigt says it‘s secure to erase an HDD one time. I think so too, but is the DBAN quick wipe a full one time wipe?
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If This Is TRIM, DBAN Should Work

I am informed that drive wiping tools do not work reliably on SSDs due to such features as wear leveling. Here, for example, a quote from MakeUseOf: [T]o comply with wear levelling, the SSD must ...
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DBAN to wipe flash drive?

I know DBAN can be used to securely wipe HDDs, and I know that it cannot be used to securely wipe SSDs. What about flash drives? It is my understanding that SSDs use flash memory, but that they move ...
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Problems installing DBAN on a Windows 10 Install USB

I have created a Windows 10 install USB. I want this USB to also perform other tasks. Then I used BCDEdit to create a Grub4Dos entry, that in turns boots the following menu: timeout 10 default 0 ...
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How to install DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke) on an USB flash drive larger than 4GB and make it bootable on an UEFI-equipped PC?

Disclaimer: I am answering my own question. I need to wipe my Windows laptop's internal hard drive. I find DBAN per How-To Geek's recommendation, but I am having trouble installing it on a 64GB USB ...
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MicroSD card: can't format,or partition

TL;DR: I have a Micro-SD card that has a primary partition that isn't formatted and can't be selected and I have tried: DBAN nuke (wiped) Windows formatting 3rd party program formatting diskpart.exe ...
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Virtual DBAN to clean usb storage like

Is it possible to install DBAN virtually, and try to clean not the HD it is running on but external hard drives? My situation is really unique. My Linux desktop died and I am now trying to clean its ...
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Reinstalling Windows 8 on a Toshiba Laptop C50D after wiping with DBAN - what do I need to keep to reinstall ?

I need to use DBAN on my laptop to completely wipe it before selling it After the DBAN process, I want to reinstall Win8 which it came with and put it back to a blank but user friendly state for a ...
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Reinstall Windows 7 after using DBAN?

I'm preparing to sell a computer. It came with Windows 7 (no install disks). I want to wipe all my data in the most secure way possible, (not just remove links, but overwrite the drive). My goal is ...
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What is the best method to wipe disk with DBAN?

What is the most effective method of using DBAN to wipe disks such as HDD, SD card,... Please ignore Gutmann method because it only use for old drives. I only care about the security level, I don't ...
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I wiped my microSD with DBAN and now I can't use it

few days ago I have wiped my microSD card by Darik's Boot and Nuke with PRNG Stream method. Now I formatted my SD to fat32 file system but my Android phone doesn't recognize it, and so does my PC. I ...
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Cannot boot from Windows 7 DVD after nuking with DBAN

i have a Lenovo 3000 series. I've ‘nuked it’ with DBAN and the disk is clean no partition. The problem now is that i cant install windowd 7. have tried windows 7 dvd, have tried windows 7 iso as well,...
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Install DBAN to USB flash drive from Linux

I would like to install DBAN to a USB flash drive to boot from on an old computer. How can I do this from an Ubuntu environment? dd image to USB device doesn't work
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Wiping a laptop's hard drive from BIOS

I am trying to wipe an old laptop's hard drive. It doesn't have a CD drive, so I have been using a USB flash drive to try and wipe the hard drive from the BIOS. I have been using DBAN which I ...
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How can I make DBAN bootable from UFD?

I want to make DBAN bootable from a UFD (USB Flash Drive). I have the ISO image (dban-2.2.7_i586.iso) and I am using a tool called Rufus (rufus_v1.3.4.exe). I first tried using the default settings. ...
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Can DBAN be run on Sun Ultra systems?

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 ...
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Second SATA harddrive not showing

I've been tasked with wiping the data of a ton of hard drives. To wipe I use DBAN from a System Rescue CD. The tower I'm using has multiple SATA connectors. I can wipe one hard drive no problem but if ...
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Computer won't boot to system rescue CD, goes to GRUB bootloader instead

I'm trying to wipe a hard disk and am using System Rescue CD so I can launch DBAN from it. When the computer is powered on I press F12 to get to the boot menu but it doesn't come up and goes into the ...
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If I run DBAN once again after eight passes, is it as secure as running it once?

I ran DBAN with eight passes, and then I ran it with one pass again. Does that mean my hard drive is as secured as with one pass, or with eight?
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Has DBAN completed wiping when it's showing an advertisement?

I ran DBAN (Darik's Boot And Nuke) on my notebook. When it finished, it showed a message saying "press any key to continue". When I pressed a key, I got an advertisement page, and then it stopped. ...
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Can I stop the Gutmann method midway?

Like the title says, I started running the Gutmann method (in dban) to wipe my HDD. When it started, it gave me about 12 hours remaining. It has slowed to a crawl now and shows 133 hours remaining ...
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dban from within linux? or a close enough alternative?

I have a computer with multiple SATA hard disks connected through SATA. The first one has my OS/grub etc and the rest I want to clean and sell. All the questions I see on the web typically involve ...
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Started DBAN on an external by accident - can I get my data back?

I was running DBAN on a laptop HDD and I had an external HDD attached. Without realising that, I ran DBAN in auto mode. Completely stupid, I know. I noticed it was attached when the operation started,...
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Difference between DBAN and dd command to securely wipe a HDD

I have read about dd and see that it can be used to securely wipe a HDD. But there is also a program called DBAN to wipe the HDD as well. I know that using a live gnu-linux ISO I can wipe my HDD by ...
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Fastest way to nuke HDD and reinstall OS to a laptop?

I have a HP Pavilion dv2000 that I want to sell. But before that, I want to nuke the HDD and reinstall WinXP. The HDD currently has two partitions, one containing the OS (in NTFS) and one called ...
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Why does DBAN crash on my HDDs?

I am using DBAN to erase HDD. DBAN is loaded from a CD and BIOS Boot order has been set to favour CD drive. On starting laptop, system boots from CD and DBAN interface can be seen. DBAN detects two ...
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SD Card damaged by DBAN

In order to wipe external storage of my android, I put the SD card in laptop and ran DBAN. It has become blank but not readable by mobile or laptop. Mobile says"SD card blank or has unsupported file ...
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Darik's Boot And Nuke - ERROR /dev/sda

I'm trying to wipe the drive of an old company computer with DBAN so I can install Redhat Enterprise and learn Linux (it's a Dell Inspiron 1210, if that matters). I burnt DBAN to a CD and boot from ...
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Recover data after dban use

I had just finished a reinstall of windows xp and had put all my files back in place, then when I was out my little sister saw the dban disk I used and she thought it was a game.... When I got home I ...
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DBAN MD5SUM Hash for Version 2.2.6 (i586)

Found this forum thread on SourceForge, but the MD5SUM Hash is for "dban.bzi", so that doesn't help at all. I checked elsewhere in the SourceForge forums, but I didn't find anything else. I also ...
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DBAN not able to format my HP notebook

I have a HP pavillion dv6 notebook that somebody gave me. It has Windows Vista installed on it, and somehow it got ruined. I don't know what actually happened, but Windows vista will not boot. It just ...
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How does Darik's Boot and Nuke work?

How does oft-recommended hard drive scrubber Darik's Boot and Nuke actually work?
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DBAN Hangs at PCI (sysfs)

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. ...
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Multiboot liveCD with custom ISOs

I want to create one bootable DVD, on which I would love to have Truecrypt rescueCD Ubuntu 10.10 liveCD DBAN I have ISOs of all of above. Do you have any idea how to acomplish so?
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How to wipe an IPod with DBAN

I'm looking to use a utility such as Darik's Boot And Nuke (www.dban.org) to wipe my iPod (classic fifth generation) so I can sell it on Ebay (without having to worry about my data being recovered.) ...
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How can I securely format a solid-state drive?

When selling / throwing away / giving away HDDs I always use DBAN to do a DoD wipe first. Is this still a valid thing to do on an SSD? Will it have an adverse effect on the SSD's lifespan?
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Disk wiping other than DBAN

Sometimes using DBAN takes several days to wipe a disk. What alternatives do you have experience with that work within a few hours and offer the simplicity of DBAN? I am mainly interested in free ...
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DBAN fails on brand new laptop. What's wrong?

I just got a few new Dell Latitude E5500 laptops. I'm trying to wipe their hard drives using DBAN 1.0.7. DBAN boots up, I type zero at the prompt, and it gets to the "loading dwipe" part ...