Last resort DBAN!

January 19, 2010 at 12:16:23
Specs: Windows XP
Ok got a new machine at work, and with the machine we got a computer to act as a server. We don't need the server so im trying to get it to work as a normal computer and sell it. Trouble is the company has locked everything except their program out. Tried everything i can think of. So i'm considering using dban.

Just wanted to ask a few questions really as i've never used it. Ok so how easy is it to reinstall windows after? do i just put the the disk in and click install? Does dban affect the bios at all? how easy is it to run dban from a usb stick? (bloody computer doesnt have a cd drive) anything else i should be aware of?

any help would be much appreciated!


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#1
January 19, 2010 at 12:31:05
"Trouble is the company has locked everything except their program out."

Who is the company? Is this a contracted adin who set the system up for you or is this a box put together by a software vendor to run their app. If you format the computer then you may void your Service Level Agreement with them.

As for d-band, I have never used it. Does it cost more than $50.00 because that is all it would cost to get an external CD-ROM for the computer to boot and install Windows XP which will format the computer for you.


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#2
January 19, 2010 at 12:40:41
DBAN's free :D. ok i did think of that but the thing is would the cd drive install itself because i wouldn't be able to access any install programs or anything.

and as far i know the computer is just sort of an add on you don't have to use it. the only use for it was to receive the odd update and to moniter how the machine was doing. and between them saying themselves there will be no more updates for the machine and us just ringing them up if theres a problem we really don't need it. we signed no contract or anything


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#3
January 19, 2010 at 12:42:02
It's dban ace,,,

http://www.dban.org/

And grened; you need to contact the vendor and discuss this with them. If you bought this stuff used, then look up the exact model numbers of the server and see what you can learn about it.

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#4
January 19, 2010 at 12:48:55
I just realized what this is, its "Boot and Nuke". You do not want to do this. This tool is only for wiping drives that you want to resell. It ensure the data is zero formatted so that the new owners can't get the data through forensics tools. This will leave you with a brick because without a CD-ROM how are you going to load the new OS and if the drive is wiped it will no longer boot.

If you really want to install a new Windows on it without a CD ROM then you can setup your Domain Controller with Distributed File Services and PXE the box off of it but if you do not know what you are doing then this could be difficult.

Again, I recommend getting an external CD ROM and installing Windows from it. If you can't get into the BIOS of the computer to set it to boot from CD then you have other problems because you would have no way to setup the NIC to PXE boot.

Also, Boot and Nuke will not erase the password for your BIOS. This can only be done by shorting a jumper on the mother board. As suggested, call the vendor for this system to get help on resetting the password if the BIOS has one.


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#5
January 19, 2010 at 12:57:26
"This will leave you with a brick because without a CD-ROM how are you going to load the new OS and if the drive is wiped it will no longer boot"

o god i didnt think of that lmao thanks for that! that would have been a bad call!

i can get into the bios, managed to reset the bios password. if i get an external cd drive will it install itself and allow me to boot from it? and can you point me in the direction of any guides for PXE thingy? i can learn fast :) or do you think that's a bit to much?


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#6
January 19, 2010 at 13:07:54
You have to setup a Deployment Service on your Windows 2003 Server....

http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/...

If you have Linux then..

http://www.debian-administration.or...

Like I said not for the novice but once you get it going it makes imaging computers a piece of cake.


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