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Old 05-28-2014, 06:39 AM   #1
frankimc
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HELP PLEASE. Lost interrupt.


Hi,
So my predicament is that I have returned home and been asked to deleted my mums old hard drive on an old tower. However at some point my little brother has put linux mandrake on it, I have no Idea what I am doing with it. But on top of that it has some kind of malfunction, It is running in (dos?) the start up the same continual message - hda:lost interrupt.

If someone could give me a detailed walkthrough (again I have no idea what I am doing) as to how to overcome this issue and wipe it clean, the tower is so old it will be going to recycling nothing is salvageable.

Please Help.
 
Old 05-28-2014, 07:44 AM   #2
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Do you have a sledgehammer? Percussive maintenance is the best way to clean off old hard drives.
 
Old 05-28-2014, 04:21 PM   #3
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So, in spite of the title of thread, you don't care about the interrupt and you want to wipe the disk, right?

And, presumably, your mother hasn't been doing anything for three letter agencies or anyone with enhanced requirements for data wiping (credit card data or banking come to mind as stuff that you wouldn't want to give away on a typical home computer, but there could be others)?

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Hi,
So my predicament is that I have returned home and been asked to deleted my mums old hard drive on an old tower. However at some point my little brother has put linux mandrake on it, I have no Idea what I am doing with it. But on top of that it has some kind of malfunction, It is running in (dos?) the start up the same continual message - hda:lost interrupt.

If someone could give me a detailed walkthrough (again I have no idea what I am doing) as to how to overcome this issue and wipe it clean, the tower is so old it will be going to recycling nothing is salvageable.

Please Help.
  • it isn't dos.
  • if it has (a usable) optical disk drive, you can find specific linux distributions intending for disk wiping (probably also from USV sticks, if the computer can boot from a USB stick)
  • would you be able to burn a bootable CD/DVD, ensure that the boot order is to boot from the CD/DVD first, plug in and boot from the disk and answer a few simple questions (and wait for a while)?

If the disk is genuinely of zero use going forward, the thing with the hammer works too
 
Old 05-28-2014, 05:12 PM   #4
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Boot DBAN, then when it is finished you can smash the disk if you like. I keep the platters because they are cool, but I do run a powerful magnet over them.
 
  


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