The instructions from PendriveLinux.com work almost perfectly for me. There is one bother that makes the instructions from Pendrivelinux not work but I figured out a workaround :-)!
- Download the dban-2.2.6_i586.iso
- Download and run Universal USB Installer, select DBAN 2.2.6 from the drop down list and follow the onscreen instructions
- Once the installation to USB is complete, restart your PC and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB device, save your changes and reboot
If all went well, you should be booting from your DBAN USB.
Notes: The DBAN autonuke feature may also Nuke the Flash Drive (and as usual, any other drive it detects). I am not sure how to prevent this from happening. So if you use the autonuke feature, you might wipe DBAN from the USB Flash Drive as well.
Here is how to prevent autonuke from wiping the thumbdrive: remove the thumbdrive after the dban has loaded but before it has started wiping drives.
Apparently, dban fully loads itself in memory because at the end of the wiping session, it shows a message saying that it has completed it’s job. It doesn’t hang or anything nasty.
When I tried to use interactive mode on dban (to avoid autonuke destroying the data on my flash drive), dban crashed :-(. I’ve seen many complaints of this online with no fixes.
Here is another way I use to wipe hard drives. It isn’t as high security, but it’s pretty good.
- Use the System Rescue CD bootable thumbdrive image built by my coworker
- xinit (xwindows yay)
- gparted (see what drives we’ve got and unallocate the partitions)
- dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda (and sdb, sdc etc to run other terminal windows) bs=16777216 (a 160 gig drive…) count=10240