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Windows 7: DBAN won't auto start, please help!

02 Feb 2014   #1

Windows 7 starter 32bit
DBAN won't auto start, please help!


Apologies if I've posted in the wrong catagory. I've downloaded DBAN to a disc as I want to wipe the HD of my dell Inspiron mini 1012. I've checked the disc and it's got the 7 or 8 files it's supposed to have on it and I've pressed F12 on the start up of the computer and changed the BIOS, no matter what preference I put the bios onto, the dban won't fire up in the USB connected cd. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance


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02 Feb 2014   #2

Windows 7 ultimate 64-bit

Can you tell whether or not it is actually reading the disc?
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02 Feb 2014   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium
Bios settings


I had the same problem but a long time ago. From what I remember the solution involved changing IDE to AHCI in Bios then changing it back after Dban finished.

I'll try checking my bios settings and post back in a while.

Change SATA Configuration from AHCI to IDE. Reboot. Then boot again from Dban.

If that doesn't work - do the reverse.

Best not to say "Thanks in advance" as any other forum where I've seen that posted mostly indicates that the question was posted by spammers and time wasters 99% of the time. I'm just saying!
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02 Feb 2014   #4

Windows 7 starter 32bit

I can't tell if its reading the disc or not, as soon as the computer fires up the disc "whirs" for a short period and then stops and the normal start up resumes. I'll look in the bios settings again... It's probably something really simple but very frustrating as I'm not a computer whizz by any means!
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02 Feb 2014   #5

Windows 7 starter 32bit

I've changed the SATA configuration from AHCI to the only option it gave me which was ATA, the computer then wouldn't start and kept going into repair mode. It's doing my head in!!!
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02 Feb 2014   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium
Dban usage

I suppose you know that you burn Dban to USB then once you've got the Bios settings sorted you plug in the USB - boot to Bios and use whatever settings that exist to boot from the USB next boot. In other words there will be settings to change device boot order and the USB should come first. Otherwise there might be an option to over-ride boot settings and boot to the USB for the next boot only. When you switch the computer on you should be seeing the Dban splash screen. If you don't see that - it's not working!

You should see something like this for Sata configuration:

Name:  bios.jpg
Views: 15
Size:  29.7 KB

Something like this for Dban when it boots.

EDIT: Just read your post properly and you're using a cd. Suggest burning yo USB and use that instead.

Name:  dban-splash.jpg
Views: 15
Size:  39.1 KB

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02 Feb 2014   #7

Windows 7 starter 32bit

I get similar to the first screen, at the top I go into the "boot" screen, I've selected the following in the order;
USB Storage
+Hard drive
network boot

The icons, i.e the exclamation mark and the "plus" sign are as they are displayed exactly too.
In the advanced menu I can see "SATA Operation" which only gives me the option of default AHCI or ATA.
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02 Feb 2014   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium
Try this

I take it that you created a bootable Dban USB? It's the best way.

Install DBAN to a USB Flash Drive using Windows | USB Pen Drive Linux

Make sure that the USB is plugged in before changing bios settings.

Anyway try the AHCI option first. Save the settings before exiting Bios. Then reboot. It should boot to USB and if Dban can't run you should see a message about this.

In that case try only other existing option in your Bios settings - ATA
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02 Feb 2014   #9

Windows 7 starter 32bit

Ah.... I've created a DBAN disc which is in an external CD rewritable drive which connects via the USB port. Could that possibly be the reason then, that it's not actually on a Usb stick?
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02 Feb 2014   #10

Windows 7 Home Premium

In my experience booting from cd's in external drives is problematic in that the correct drivers might not load and so on. If you use a bootable USB instead it gets around the problem.

I think that you could safely run Dban on a CD from a built in drive but even so USB is a better way.
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