Solved Does using DBAN render hard drive unusable?

Toshiba / P30
November 10, 2013 at 11:59:10
Specs: Windows XP, 512MG RAM
I have used DBAN to nuke drives before getting ridding of them of them for recycle. My question is after using DBAN, can the drive still be used to reinstall windows. I have a computer that is very slow, even after reinstaling windiws, so I was thinking of nuking the drive first, and then trying to reinstall to see if it makes any difference.

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#1
November 10, 2013 at 12:44:22
Why not test the drive first? Make a bootable cd of seatools for dos, boot to it on start up. Seatools will load, select the drive you wish to test and do a short generic test, if that passes do the long generic test, if it test fine, try the install. You can also download a diagnostic from the specific manufacturers website as well.

http://www.seagate.com/support/down...

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#2
November 10, 2013 at 12:48:56
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DBAN, just so you know, does not make the hard drive unusable, but it does make the data on it unrecoverable. Basically zero filling the hard drive, but they have patterns and what not you can select to overwrite the drive multiple times.

To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!


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#3
November 10, 2013 at 13:08:25
Thanks for both responses. I currently still have windows XP installed on the drive. I juts wanted to know the state of the drive if I run DBAN. Hopper I didn't understand your final sentence. I think you either have an extra word or missed a word.

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#4
November 10, 2013 at 16:11:00
"I have a computer that is very slow, even after reinstaling windiws"

"512MG RAM" , is more likely the reason. Especially after your done installing all the things needed to make xp usable.
http://distrowatch.com/?newsid=08144
what processor does it have?
larry

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#5
November 10, 2013 at 16:32:56
Larry,

Obviously more ram is always good but do you think if I increase to 1GB is will be sufficient to make XP usuable as you say. This computer is the best I have ever owned and I have often thought that it is just the evolution of Windows XP and the variety of software that I run that make 512M no longer sufficient.


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#6
November 10, 2013 at 17:13:47
"I have often thought that it is just the evolution of Windows XP and the variety of software that I run that make 512M no longer sufficient."
I would say thats true. What AV are you using??
"do you think if I increase to 1GB is will be sufficient to make XP usuable" yes
can your computer take 1GB?? whats the model number??

larry

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#7
November 10, 2013 at 18:56:21
http://www.crucial.com/upgrade/Tosh...

do you have 1x512 or 2x256?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

larry

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#8
November 10, 2013 at 19:40:43
I am not sure Larry. let me check and get back to you.

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#9
November 11, 2013 at 06:33:26
Nope no words missing. I am saying the DBAN software can be set to say write the letter "X" or whatever bit by bit on the hard drive, erasing whatever was there and leaving the letter "X". It might then make multiple passes writing over top of the old data multiple times to ensure it is not recoverable. It is similar to zero filling a drive, in any event if you understand that. I agree 512mg is not alot of ram, once you got to service pack 3, 1 gig was the suggested bottom limit. I still maintain you should test the drive. If the computer still loads windows you can use seatools for windows as opposed to seatools for dos. Great gobs of ram are just marvey wonderful, but it isn't gonna matter if the hard drive is failing is it?

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#10
November 11, 2013 at 06:37:14
Here's an answer for Dban in better English.

http://superuser.com/questions/2361...

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#11
November 11, 2013 at 10:41:06
Larry,

I have the 1-512MB cip in the computer now (pc2700S-25330 512MGB DDR 333 MHz CL2.5).


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#12
November 11, 2013 at 11:30:54
so you can double it for $17

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...

it would be about $60 to max it out, dont know if you want to invest that in a 10 year old machine. $30 for a 1GB chip to get you to 1.5gb may be worth it.

test the HD as suggested before spending any money.

larry

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#13
November 11, 2013 at 12:34:56
Thanks Larry,

The drive is fine. I have Wndows re-installed. One thing I overlooked was that I had the drive partitioned so when I nuked it I lost that. Unfortunately I realized this after getting windows installed from the factory recovery CD (there doesn't seem to be an option to partition at recovery time). Anyway I found a great free partition tool (minitool partition wizard) that worked great to partition the drive so I am back in business. I can't remember what the max memoery is on my machine, but I think I will try getting a 1GB chip and see what happens. The cost is low even if it doesn't resolve my issue. Thanks again for all your suggestions.


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#14
November 11, 2013 at 12:36:43
Larry,

I noticed I missed your earlier question about what AV I am using. I am using MSE because I found AVG became to much of a pig, probably because of my memory issue.


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#15
November 11, 2013 at 12:39:07
the processor is 3.2GHz. Obviouslly I should read the responses completely before going off an trying something that was suggested,

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#16
November 11, 2013 at 13:49:12
" I can't remember what the max memoery is on my machine"
click on the first link in response #7, is that your machine?
you could go to the site and let it scan your machine. you could use that site for info and then buy elsewhere.

larry

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#17
November 11, 2013 at 19:01:47
You're welcome as well!
To err is human but to really screw things up, you need a computer!

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#18
November 11, 2013 at 19:30:57
Hi Larry,

Did a scan and found out 2GB is the max so I have lots of room. I am from Canada so I checked out newegg.ca and I have a choice of 4 chips (all 1GB 200 pin DDR SO-DIMM DDR 333 (pc2700)

GSKILL - $30.49
AllComponents - 27.49
Crucial - 37.49
Cosair - 32.99

Any preference in memory maker or they all about the same?


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#19
November 11, 2013 at 20:26:56
British Columbian Camper? I live in Canada as well. Gorgeous out West.

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#20
November 11, 2013 at 21:48:38
Hey Hopper,

Yes I live in the Vancouver area.....gorgeous all right but getting way too crowded....as soon as I retire I am getting on the motorcycle and not looking back. Where in Canada u from?


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#21
November 12, 2013 at 05:04:34
The grape lakes area, we call South Western Ontario, Near London, Ontario or about 2.5 hrs south of Toronto. My father lives in a little hamlet called Smith, Alberta, about 3hrs straight north of Edmonton, I visited him once, beautiful. Today the Great White North has arrived with a big dumping of snow. It's on! Good luck to you.

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#22
November 12, 2013 at 06:28:09
"Any preference in memory maker or they all about the same?"

I have no preference. Usually best to go with a name brand and since the cosair is only a few dollars more I would go with that.

larry


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#23
November 14, 2013 at 20:46:38
Okay thanks Larry. I will go ahead and order it.

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