[Coco] OT- Hard Drive cleaner software.
flexser at fiu.edu
Tue Jun 19 22:21:58 EDT 2012
Brings back a CoCo-related memory....
There was a CoCo game from Computerware called Mr. Dig.
Copy-protected. Its instructions said to boot it from Drive 0. A
friend of mine made the mistake of trying to boot the game from Drive
1. The game checked the contents of the disk in Drive 0 and
determined that it did not look like a genuine game disk (since the
game disk wasn't in Drive 0 but Drive 1). So, the game destroyed the
disk in Drive 0 by writing BUY YOUR OWN over the disk's GAT and
My friend lost some irreplaceable data that was on his Drive 0 disk. Ouch!
On Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 8:16 PM, Stephen H. Fischer
<SFischer1 at mindspring.com> wrote:
> I got scared when I read the web site words, part of which I copied and
> Same words? as 15 + years ago when I used it once.
> Floppy is red with !WARNING! !DANGER!.
> "NUKE Boot Disk ERASES ALL! DRIVES"
> Maybe they changed it, and I am NOT going to boot that RED disk to test my
> bad memory.
> Or even put it into a drive and surely not boot it with any drives connected
> except the one I want to erase.
> I have an old GPS that with 2-3 keystrokes will erase all memory.
> Useful if you see the KGB coming and you are a spy in Russia.
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Brian Blake" <random.rodder at gmail.com>
> To: "CoCoList for Color Computer Enthusiasts" <coco at maltedmedia.com>
> Sent: Tuesday, June 19, 2012 8:15 AM
> Subject: Re: [Coco] OT- Hard Drive cleaner software.
>> On 6/19/2012 10:45 AM, Stephen H. Fischer wrote:
>>> Floppy Version worked great for me. BUT!!!
>>> *"DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard
>>> disk that it can detect"*
>>> CAN DETECT!!!!!!!!
>>> So watch out what drives are connected.
>> There may well be a setting in Dban that allows for the automatic wipe of
>> any hard drives it detects, but, I've never used or even looked for the
>> I've used Dban since 2005 and it has never done ANYTHING that I did NOT
>> tell it specifically to do. I've used it on systems with multiple drives, to
>> only wipe one drive, without affecting the other drive in any way. And it's
>> never done anything automatically, either. I've always had to select the
>> drive, and then the type of wipe I wanted. Working as the IT Director for a
>> non-profit, I have used Dban on upwards of 150 PC's I sent for surplus and
>> never had an issue like you described.
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