Is DBAN useful on a crashed Hard Drive


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I'm new to this board and have been reading over the forum. I have a question.

Will a DBAN floopy work on a crashed hard drive?

The reason I'm asking this is.....Several months ago I had a hard drive crash on me and it was exchanged with the manufacturer. Since it had crashed I knew of no way to be able to erase what was on it. It made me nervous to return the defective drive to the manufacturer as I did have some personal info on it but assumed I had no choice. :(

It would be nice to know that if my current hard drive crashed I'd be able to erase everything on it before exchanging or trashing it.

Any help is greatly appreciated!! :D
If the drive has suffered a physical crash i.e there is a hardware fault then apart from degaussing it there is little you can do.