|Not completely wrong. Some of these disk wiping applications do delete everything on the hard disk, and I mean everything, so as to render the disk unusable prior to it being disposed off.|
The only time you should really need to use a disk wiping software if if you have a boot sector virus that normal partitioning and formatting wont touch. Then you need to read the instructions very carefully.
However, in this instance it just looks like the lack of a SATA driver, something that would have happened even in any case.