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Unable to wipe drive

Posted: Sat May 09, 2015 6:44 pm
by michaelfish
I'm a STS and I'm trying to wipe several old clerk XP machines using the recommended church instructions, but after clicking the final procsess to start, I get the message
This routine can only run for disks supporting the security mode feature set.
The instructions for Parted Magic I followed are here.

Any suggestions?

Re: Unable to wipe drive

Posted: Sun May 10, 2015 2:16 am
by russellhltn
Were you trying to use "secure" or "enhanced"? Only some drives can use enhanced.

You might try the instructions found on Parted Magic site.

Failing that, use DBAN

Re: Unable to wipe drive

Posted: Mon May 11, 2015 9:30 am
by michaelfish
Thank you for your suggestions.

The instructions found on the Parted Magic site offered no solutions.

From the DBAN .iso, I created a USB only to find the PC's were too old to boot from a USB so I then burned a CD from .iso, which is working.

Thanks again.

Re: Unable to wipe drive

Posted: Sun May 17, 2015 8:07 pm
by slmsz20
If you are comfortable handling PC parts, you can use an external drive adapter and erase it on another computer. I've found the built-in solution on any windows computer (cipher) or disk utility on a mac does as good a job as any at secure deleting a drive (single pass or multi-pass). The Windows solution requires you to format the drive first.