Darik's Boot & Nuke - Non-Fatal Errors 8 replies

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Chris

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#1 11 years ago

So my brother's PC is screwing around. It says that the disk has all sorts of issues... and I mean all sorts.

So I stick in DBAN, and it runs fine until I try to run the nuke, when it says...

"DBAN finished with non-fatal errors. This is usually caused by disks with bad sectors."

How can I fix it?




marvinmatthew

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#2 11 years ago

A reformat might just do the trick.

Is the hard drive making any unusual noises?




C38368

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#3 11 years ago

Chris Down;3530085So my brother's PC is screwing around. It says that the disk has all sorts of issues... and I mean all sorts.

So I stick in DBAN, and it runs fine until I try to run the nuke, when it says...

"DBAN finished with non-fatal errors. This is usually caused by disks with bad sectors."

How can I fix it?

That would be something we might refer to as "huge red flag for impending disk failure."

But you could always try to repair it...




Chris

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#4 11 years ago

I posted a thread a while ago, it was clicking.




rob.

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#5 11 years ago

...and didn't I recommend you DBAN? ;)

If it's clicking, it's no doubt just about dead.




ConstanceJill

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#6 11 years ago

Might be just bad sectors too. I had a HDD which made suchs noises too and sometimes failed to read/write on some places, I just low level formated it and it ran just fine after that until I stopped using it (because I got a bigger one) about 1 year later.




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#7 8 years ago

Many people seem to be experiencing the DBAN “finished with non-fatal errors” message so I thought I would write an article from what I have found from several other posts, all of which seem to have worked for other people. #1 The drive attempts to send a report to the floppy drive after the non-fatal errors message appears Solution: Go into the bios of your computer and disable the floppy drive in the boot sequence and any other references in the bios to a floppy drive. This stops the report being sent to a floppy drive, and for some people resolved the issue. Disabling any irrelevent drives may also help. (to enter the BIOS press F5 or F8 or DEL depending on your system) #2 you are using a SATA drive… According to SLB: Fixed! DBAN Finished With Non-Fatal Errors When Trying to Wipe SATA Drive “DBAN had an issue with SATA drives that possibly had to do with them not being high enough on the primary channels.” According to the above source unplugging and re-arranging the SATA cables into a different channel plug will resolve this issue, this may be useful in particular if you have multiple hard drives connected. #3 Try an older or newer version of DBAN Some users found that using a different version of DBAN worked for them… #4 You are using a Western Digital Hard drive/ the problem is manufacturer or device specific I have found that most of the hard drives which experience this problem are western digital (including me!) and there may be an issue with DBAN working with this manufacturers device. However WD are a commonly used HD and it may just be what I have experienced. Solution: I found that using WD DLG Diagnostic worked!!! However it provides only a basic all zeros format type, unlike the more secure methods in DBAN. Try using software available from the manufacturer. #5 Try other boot disk formatting software. Such as: Activekill disk WD DLG Diagnostic 5.0F (for western digital drives) WDclear 1.30 HDD erase 4.00 for manufacturer specific hard drive formatting software etc see:

Hard Drive Diagnostics Tools and Utilities (Storage) - TACKtech Corp. Hirens boot CD contains a variety of formatting software and diagnostic tools which you can try, including the above.

#6 your drive is broken or damaged

This can be identified by a distinct crackling noise, running a diagnostic tool will verify this.

Remarks.

Unfortunately I was not able to get DBAN to work, after several hours trying most of the above, but I hope they will work for you. I have not found any definative answer and it may involve some fiddling in the BIOS. Sevanya7




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#8 8 years ago

That's a hell of an effort on your part for posting that, and we here at FileFront thank you for it, but...this thread hasn't been posted in since 2007.




D3matt

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#9 8 years ago

His hard drive is probably long dead by now :P