DBAN on a Dell Dimension 4700

pheedback

New Member
I am currently running DBAN on a Dell Dimension 4700. So far it looks like it will complete 1% every hour. That I'm okay with. I just basically wanted to take some time (since I have a lot apparently) to congratulate Darik on a superb product. The reasoning for me running DBAN is I am "renting" my computer from Rent A Center and the hard drive went bad so before I give it back to them to keep I am erasing the data. I originally tried to format the hard drive via the Dell CD and also to install an OS on top of the current one, but neither would recognize the hard drive. Also the BIOS would even show that no hard drive was present. I was surprised that DBAN even found the hard drive, but it did. Thank you very much for creating a program that is totally free and will even wipe DoD for free. I'd like to contribute to the code, but I'm not sure what would be preferred updates or new features for it. Really long winded, but in short. Thanks.
 

pheedback

New Member
Kill Disk

Before I found DBAN I tried using the free version of KillDisk http://www.killdisk.com, but it failed to work. So it goes to show you that DBAN does better work than even commercial products.
 

dajhorn

Member
So far it looks like it will complete 1% every hour.
DBAN might run very slowly with a bad hard drive.

If you have time, then try the latest beta, which might be faster.
 

pheedback

New Member
Beta Release

I will try the beta release and post my results here. I am not complaining about the time it is taking. I'm just happy that it actually works.

Here are my system specs straight off of the Dell site. Remember it is a Dell Dimension 4700.

Quantity Parts # Part Description
1 J9114 PROCESSOR, 80547, PENTIUM 4 PRESCOTT DT, Pentium 4 Prescott DT, 3.0GHZ, 1 MEGB, 800FSB, SKT-T
2 G5451 DUAL IN-LINE MEMORY MODULE, 256, 400, 32X64, 8, 240, 1RX16
1 D3431 KIT, SPEAKER, 120V, NMB, A215, SHIP IN BOX
1 X2749 MODEM, V.92, DATA FAX, INTERNAL, DONNY, DELL AMERICAS ORGANIZATION
1 W6938 ASSEMBLY, DIGITAL VIDEO DISK DRIVE, 16X, HALF HEIGHT, LITEON, CHASSIS 2005
1 R7747 ASSEMBLY, DVD+/-RW, 16X, HALF HEIGHT, NEC CORPORATION, CHASSIS 2005
1 P5288 CARD (CIRCUIT), GRAPHICS, 128, X300, SERVER ENHANCED, MRMGA8, 2
1 T8136 ASSEMBLY, FLOPPY DRIVE, 1.44M, 212, NEC CORPORATION
1 T4340 HARD DRIVE, 160GB, Serial ATA, 7.2K, 8MB, Maxtor Calypso
 
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