I had problems getting DBAN to start from a CD - I kept getting a "DBAN Finished With Non-Fatal Errors" immediately after starting the actual wipe (a common problem according to reviews on other websites), which may be related to having unneeded devices connected to your computer, though I had removed all such devices).
However, even if I had gotten it to work, another problem with the program REALLY worries me:
The first time I ran DBAN, the drive I was trying to erase (an external box with an eSATA connector) appeared 2nd on the list (the 1st one was my internal laptop drive). After I rebooted (and changed absolutely nothing), the order of the two drives on the screen were switched (my internal drive appeared 2nd). Had I not been paying attention, I could have easily started wiping my laptop's internal drive by mistake. When I discovered this switch, I decided to stop even trying to use the program.
Yes I know you're supposed to be careful with such tools (and fortunately, I was), but if DBAN can't keep track of which drive is 0 and which is 1, and display them in a consistent and logical order, then I'm not comfortable trusting the program not to 'accidentally' wipe the wrong drive with my data. If I were trying to wipe many drives and could set up a machine disconnected from all HDDs except the one I'm wanting to wipe, then maybe I'd try to use it.
It is really good if you want to wipe the hard drive. It cleans the hard drive securely. It takes a long time, but hey it is free.
I used to be a great fan of DBAN. Great tool to ensure data on old drives securely erased. Due to the great features in DBAN, our company purchased Enterprise Boot and Nuke (EBAN) for all of our company's secure wiping needs.
Alas, DBAN support for newer controllers is tragic. I tried to wipe my home computer (Dell Vostro 220) with DBAN and no luck. I took my computer to work, booted with our EBAN CD and the wipe proceeded no problem. No BIOS changes, no drivers, no BS.
I guess since DBAN has now gained so much popularity, time to cripple DBAN and push EBAN.
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