Question about using DBAN in Windows XP

May 28, 2010 at 20:46:37
Specs: Windows XP

How does dBan recognize which partition to delete? I have two partitions on my HD and I only want to delete one of them, which is the C Drive (Windows XP, operating system)

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May 28, 2010 at 20:56:15

Someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I think Dban writes zeros to the whole drive. I have never had a need to use it.

The XP install cd will delete partitions.

The three most important things in computing:
1. Backups, 2. Backups and 3. Backups.

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May 28, 2010 at 22:03:44

I was on pirate bay and in the patch of my torrent there was numerous trojans. I have Avast, Spybot, etc. I had virus alerts non stop, so I ran some scans, hoping they would all be destroyed, but I guess it was too late for one of them. That day, thinking everything was fine, closed the computer as usual, when I was done with it and the next morning, as I decide to get on, It loads to my Dell page, and then I get a black screen. Not only does the screen stay black but it shuts down and turns back on and does the same non stop, on and off, on and off, on and off. It's a looping virus. I can't get into safe mode or do anything. I'm stuck with this. So, I decided to try the Windows XP disk and after the 15 minute download of that, It says it has to reboot, so I'm pretty much screwed. It reboots and goes back to looping and the disk download is pointless. I saw a video on Youtube about dBan and decided to get it on disk and try it. What I want is to whipe out my C drive. I get at some page, which is one of the steps to follow so I can go on with the ''whipe out''. It's titled 'disks and partitions' . dBan cannot recognize which partition is which. Drive C or D. How do I determine which of these is the C drive in the dBan?;
My system was partitioned into C Drive 'windows xp' (operating system) & D Drive 'VERY important data' (Pictures, music, graphic arts, my important folders with years of work put into them and everything I pretty much live for.) Obviously, I do not want anything to happen to my D. I don't know how to identify which is which...

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May 28, 2010 at 22:47:01

d: is the second partition. use the xp install to delete the first partition and then recreate it.

Be aware your d: may contain hidden/stealthed hacker tools which is the whole point of malware/virus's these days.

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May 28, 2010 at 22:54:58

Yeah, it makes sense. C drive is always default, thus, the first. Thank you very much :)

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May 28, 2010 at 23:11:47

Methinks thee is a lesson to be learned here!

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May 29, 2010 at 06:47:15

"It loads to my Dell page"

Do you mean the Dell splash screen?

Disconnect the HDD & see if you still get the on/off loop. If you do, it's a hardware problem.

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