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Using gdisk to wipe a hard drive
May 28th, 2012 at 9:13am
 
Using gdisk to wipe a hard drive

For years I have been using gdisk to wipe hard drives

I created floppy disk with the batch file.

I got gdisk from my original cd of ghost 2003 and use qwipe.

It works fine for a PATA – IDE hard drive, but I cannot get it to work with a SATA hard drive.

Suggestions please
 
 
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Re: Using gdisk to wipe a hard drive
Reply #1 - May 28th, 2012 at 9:54am
 
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but I cannot get it to work with a SATA hard drive

More info, please.

What error message(s) are you getting, if any?  How do you know it's not working?

What size SATA HDD(s) have you tried so far?

Hooked up to the Motherboard--or to a USB adaptor?

What response do you get if you try the gdisk command:  gdisk /status ?  Does the SATA HDD information show up in the response--or do you get any error messages?




 

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Reply #2 - May 28th, 2012 at 9:21pm
 
thanks for the reply.

any size sata  <  no go

directly attached to mb

i will try again and report back error messages also.

ps

same problem with dbanuke.

 
 
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Re: Using gdisk to wipe a hard drive
Reply #3 - May 29th, 2012 at 8:54am
 
To All--if you did not understand the reference  (I know I didn't!):


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same problem with dbanuke

Hmmmm.....doing a Google search shows some references to using this program--but, no useable links:  http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy-ab&hl=en&site=&source=hp&q=dbanuke&btnK=Googl...

But, using this term *dban nuke* brings up a much more meaningful response:  http://www.google.com/#hl=en&rlz=1R2GGLL_enUS385&sa=X&psj=1&ei=fdHET4iyAsea2AXcm...

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Darik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers.


http://dougvitale.wordpress.com/2012/01/26/dariks-boot-and-nuke/

http://sourceforge.net/projects/dban/files/

http://sourceforge.net/projects/dban/

http://www.dban.org/help

http://www.dban.org/faq

http://sourceforge.net/projects/dban/forums/forum/208932

http://www.dban.org/documentation


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Again, where in the process does the program *fail*?
 

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Reply #4 - May 30th, 2012 at 11:02am
 
thanks for the reply.

qwipe worked perfectly on a sata drive.

maybe the hard drive i tried it on before was bad.

probably that was why i was trying to wipe it.

thanks again.

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i will try same with dban nuke when time allows.
 
 
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Reply #5 - May 30th, 2012 at 10:36pm
 
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qwipe worked perfectly on a sata drive.

maybe the hard drive i tried it on before was bad.

Thanks for the feedback.  A bad drive certainly could cause problems.

If you have the time, it would be interesting to know what error message that bad HDD generated for gdisk.
 

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Re: Using gdisk to wipe a hard drive
Reply #6 - May 30th, 2012 at 10:41pm
 
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If you want to know more about what *gdisk* can do, here's a couple reference links--it's Ghost's command line partitioning tool that has some other helpful functions as well.  *Gdisk* is the DOS based tool, and *gdisk32* works under Windows:

Switches: GDisk and GDisk32 for Norton Ghost 2003

Switches: GDisk

 

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Reply #7 - Jun 5th, 2012 at 8:22am
 
thank you for the references.  I have read them and saved them.

yesterday i was trying to wipe a 750 gig sata drive.

I got following display

starting windows 98

A:\>gdisk 1 /del /all /qwipe
GDISK (E) No such fixed disk -- 1

A:\
A:\
A:\

i booted from floppy with the following line in the autoexec.bat file

A:\>gdisk 1 /del /all /qwipe

is there a size limit for gdisk ?

maybe the hard disk is bad. 
i will try spinrite and report back.

 
 
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Reply #8 - Jun 5th, 2012 at 9:40am
 
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A:\>gdisk 1 /del /all /qwipe
GDISK (E) No such fixed disk -- 1

So, don't try to *automate* gdisk's functions.  Just boot to DOS and then type:  gdisk /status

See what listing of HDDs shows up.

Why not use */diskwipe* instead of */gwipe*--looks like you could bypass the */del /all* commands with *diskwipe*:

From here:  Switches: GDisk

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GDisk /DISKWIPE /?

This command displays the command-line format for the /DISKWIPE operation. The /DISKWIPE command wipes out all information on the hard disk.

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Warning: The /DISKWIPE command wipes out the entire contents of the physical disk. Make sure you specify the correct fixed physical disk before proceeding. You can use the /STATUS command with a disk number to check the identity of the fixed disk that you specify.



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is there a size limit for gdisk ?

Maybe, but I would try to determine the correct drive number that Gdisk is using/seeing based on the *gdisk /status* result to see if that command line needs to be changed for some reason.

 

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Re: Using gdisk to wipe a hard drive
Reply #9 - Jun 9th, 2012 at 5:17pm
 
thank you for feedback.

spinrite says that 750 gig sata disk is bad.

both diskwipe and dban and nuke worked fine on a 320 gig sata drive.

i will keep experimenting and report back.
 
 
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Reply #10 - Jul 19th, 2012 at 2:50am
 
i gave up wiping hard drives before ghosting to them.
 
 
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Re: Using gdisk to wipe a hard drive
Reply #11 - Jul 19th, 2012 at 8:22am
 
What is your current SATA mode?

Perhaps gdisk will only recognise the drive in ATA mode?
 
 
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