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Windows 7: Sanitizing & access denied to System Volume Information

25 Oct 2011   #11

Win7 Pro SP 1 64-bit

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YIPPIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The media card reader was my culprit. What worked for me was disconnecting the media card reader from the motherboard. From what I read online, disabling the USB controller in the BIOS would not work. If I had not had a USB keyboard maybe it would have worked. Anyway, the light purple cable end in the lower right area of the motherboard was the card reader. It was connected to F_USB1. I finally figured it out by Googling a replacement card reader where I could see a color pic of the part (and cable). Dell's website would not tell me the connector location on the motherboard.

And just as I had read this morning when Googling my DBAN errors, the drive I want to wipe is literally the only thing listed. I had 4 other unknown entries all from the card reader.

DBAN is running now, I'll post back again when it finishes. :)

Thank you all, and I hope all this helps someone else out.

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25 Oct 2011   #12

Windows 7 Professional SP1 32-bit

Glad to hear it worked :) Thanks for keeping us posted...this will definitely help others who may have trouble with DBAN in the future.
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25 Oct 2011   #13

Win7 Pro SP 1 64-bit

DBAN ran sucsessfully. I am so happy. Thank you all for the help.

There is one other thing I read online that I tried and did not work for me, but I want to write about for others after me. I found the post on answers dot microsoft dot com. The post was by MattiEinars. Although it did not help my problems with Heidi Eraser or DBAN, someone might find the info useful. I saw a lot of posts stating the System Volume Information was from the Restore feature. This person gave DOS commands to remove the directories and files by changing their attributes. (F is the target drive below.)

F:\>attrib -s -h /S /D
F:\>attrib -r /S /D
F:\>rd "System Volume Information" /S

In my case, when I was in DOS I only had a $RECYCLE.BIN folder off the root directory. I used the commands above along with other DOS commands to get rid of the folders and files. Again, this did not solve my problem but this information might help someone else trying to do something a bit different. The DOS commands did remove the files and folders where a DOS format, etc. would not remove them.
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