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you get it going? it takes a while to work..I'm leaning towards bad burn as well..Or maybe your boot settings in BIOS were wrong.
 
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post #12 of 31
^this

Did someone forget to change the boot order in the BIOS?
post #13 of 31
Just wipe the disk to 1s, twice or write sudo random data to it. anything more then that is completely unneeded contrary to popular belief. most people site a paper back from 1995, however that paper does not apply to modern hard disks as Hdds where so much more simple then, if i recall they even had stickers on the hdds telling you where the dodgy sectors where on them, but enough about that.

if you think the any aformentioned govenment could recover the data, let alone one single user after 2 runs of writing sudo random data to the hdd you would be wrong. thumb.gif

if you really are being anal i could go dig out my links to papers backing up my points mentioned above. tongue.gif
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post #14 of 31
Boot to a linux live CD, make sure no other drives are plugged in except for the one you want to nuke. Put this in the terminal:
Code:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda

This will write zeros to every single part of the hard drive, making it nearly impossible to recover any data at all.

Note that if the /dev/sda part is wrong, you might nuke the wrong thing. Ask here if you're not sure.
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post #15 of 31
Download Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostics tool , and use the option to "write zeroes" on the drive . That will completely fill the Hdd's sectors with empty data .
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post #16 of 31
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Originally Posted by Darkslayer7 View Post

Download Western Digital Data Lifeguard Diagnostics tool , and use the option to "write zeroes" on the drive . That will completely fill the Hdd's sectors with empty data .

Would that work even if I have only that hdd connected?
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Quote:
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Would that work even if I have only that hdd connected?

Yes, most of these tools have their own light OS.
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post #18 of 31
last i check window 7 did a multi pass format if i remember correctly!could always try huge magnet.but i aint sure it is a good idea now a days!
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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post

Yes, most of these tools have their own light OS.

sweeeet. Definetly going to try it once I finish uploading a long video on youtube rolleyes.gif hehe
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You could also look into kill disk: http://www.killdisk.com/

http://www.overclock.net/t/119162/info-im-selling-my-hard-drive-how-can-i-erase-the-data-completely
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