cannot wipe hard drive

Discussion in 'Windows XP Help and Support' started by padyboy, Mar 28, 2013.

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    padyboy

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    I have an elderly Dell Dimension 5150 desktop. This my "learning" computer, so it is not crucial. :rolleyes:
    I wish to clean out the hard drive, reinstall the OS; I have the OS CD required.
    The most highly recommended software was "dban 2.2.7_i586". This is an ISO file.
    I downloaded this freeware to my HD using Win 7 desktop and burned to CD. It is supposed to be a bootable disk. So I went into BIOS and changed the boot sequence on XP to put the floppy drive first and the cd rom second; my attempts to download this file using the XP system was to no avail.:confused:
    It appears that my win XP OS fails to read this disk. The file appears on my Win 7 computer, but not on my Win XP system.
    I have tried 3 different disks, the third was unwrapped, brand new, for this purpose. This was an RW disk, but this should not make any difference.
    I have not tried any other free wipe software, since dban was most highly rated.

    My only idea is that this file is a "mirror image" and was copied rather than burned.
    I am extremely frustrated by this situation. This 5150 was "raised from the dead" after a particularly virulent episode. Thus my desire to clear everything from this drive.
    Dban is supposed to clean any HD that it finds; I also installed a 10gb (!!) IDE HD from my first ever computer. I wish to wipe this as well.

    Is it necessary to reinstall the XP OS in order to wipe these drives? This makes no sense to me, but I am a mid-level computer user, and do not understand this difficulty. :(

    Any input on this difficulty would be appreciated. :)
     
    padyboy, Mar 28, 2013
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    Elizabeth23

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    what program did you use to burn your disk?

    I use Imgburn and there is a section to make sure it is a bootable cd, and a section to extract the boot image.

    I used this to create my slipstreamed cd, for my Dell Dimension 3000

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    http://forum.imgburn.com/index.php?showforum=4
    ImageBurn guides
    http://forum.imgburn.com/index.php?showtopic=6392
    instructions
    http://forum.imgburn.com/index.php?showforum=4
    http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download downloads
    ImageBurn
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    http://dban.org/download
    Darik’s boot and nuke
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    Dban is highly recommended, and you can use windows fdisk when reinstalling the OS, and CCleaner can wipe a drive also.

    http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner
     
    Elizabeth23, Mar 28, 2013
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