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Can I download dban onto my flash drive and delete all data from my hard drive?

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Thing is I'm afraid if I download dban onto my flash drive it will wipe out the data from my flash drive which I don't want. I don't have a spare cd and only a spare flash drive.
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Link to install dban on a flash driver

http://www.pendrivelinux.com/install-dban-to-a-usb-flash-drive-using-windows/
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Notes: The DBAN autonuke feature may also Nuke the Flash Drive (and as usual, any other drive it detects). To prevent DBAN's autonuke feature from wiping the thumb drive, pendrivelinux subscriber Lee Sonko suggests the following:

"Remove your thumb drive after dban has loaded, but before it has started wiping drives."
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Just make your USB stick bootable and then delete. Don't know where you are but it's like $10 for a 50 pk of CD-R here. They come in handy when you want to try like 20 different Linux distros.
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May be a stupid question but how do I know when it has been loaded? Do you mean once I see the blue screen I remove the flash drive? Will it still run without it?
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Originally Posted by anoob View Post

Just make your USB stick bootable and then delete. Don't know where you are but it's like $10 for a 50 pk of CD-R here. They come in handy when you want to try like 20 different Linux distros.

I don't have an ide cable to connect my cd drive, haven't used in over two years.
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May be a stupid question but how do I know when it has been loaded? Do you mean once I see the blue screen I remove the flash drive? Will it still run without it?

I haven't actually tried using it like that, but I would guess just pull the drive out just before you say to wipe the drives. It sounds like it loads the entire program into ram then runs. If that doesn't work maybe just try removing the disk at different times till it does work. Not like you need to worry about loosing the data on your hard drive. thumb.gif

Also if this works could you report back with what you did. I only have a disk drive in my laptop now, will probably need to do this next time I need to wipe a drive.
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Thing is I'm afraid if I download dban onto my flash drive it will wipe out the data from my flash drive which I don't want. I don't have a spare cd and only a spare flash drive.

I have done this multiple times. Indeed it's possible and you have to pull out the drive at just the right time. If memory serves it boots up and asks for options on wiping the drive (I usually pick autonuke). It starts to detect all the hardware and storage devices and right before it starts yank it out. Pull it out early until you find the timing just right.

Of courrse, pxe booting would be a much superior way of booting into it. Can do multiple machines at once too. Don't even have to extract the ISO. Sweet. thumb.gif
 
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Just had to wipe a drive today. Grabbed some screen caps for more detailed instructions.

Installed a dban iso using the Universal USB Installer from pendrivelinux. Then booted from the usb drive. Tried 2 different methods of erasing the hard disc.

Leave Drive In- Interactive Mode (Click to show)









Remove Drive - Autonuke (Click to show)




Removed drive after dban.bzi finished loading.




The dban usb drive was not wiped by either method.
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I guess because i type in autonuke maybe I never saw that interactive screen when you select which drives it always just started wiping them all. I think I was taking the drive out at the detecting usb devices point.
 
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