How to Burn DBAN to Bootable CDs

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How to Burn DBAN to Bootable CDs
A clean hard drive. (hard drive image by iMAGINE from

DBAN stands for Darik's Boot and Nuke, a powerful boot disc that securely deletes data from computer hard drives. DBAN automatically wipes hard drive contents, making it particularly useful in emergency cleaning situations or when having to mass clean several computer disks at one time.

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Things you need

  • blank CD-R

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  1. 1

    Download the DBAN ISO file (see Resources).

  2. 2

    Download and install PowerISO (see Resouces).

  3. 3

    Open PowerISO.

  4. 4

    Click "Open" and select the DBAN ISO file you just downloaded.

  5. 5

    Insert a blank CD-R disc in your computer's CD-RW drive.

  6. 6

    Click "Burn" in PowerISO. You just made a DBAN boot disc.

Tips and warnings

  • DBAN is a powerful application that works automatically. Only insert a DBAN CD in a computer you are sure you want to wipe clean.

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