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BrianS

Adding DBAN to PE 3.0

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Hi,

I'm using WinPE 3.0 as a rescue/troubleshooting tool that starts up with a simple .cmd file that displays a menu of utilities to run. I would like to add DBAN to these choices for end of lease disk wipes, but haven't a clue how to kick it off once already booted into PE. DBAN is a requirement for some reason, so just pointing to something with an .exe is not an option. Thanks for sharing any experience with this

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This DBAN appears to be a Linux application?

I know that Syslinux or Grub has no problem launching a WinPE, so maybe if you change your boot loader to that, rather than booting to PE by default, it would work better. :unsure:

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DBAN is a requirement for some reason, so just pointing to something with an .exe is not an option.

Hmmm. :unsure:

Thanks for sharing any experience with this

Contradictory statement, if the experience with DBAN indicates that it is sub-standard when compared to better tools. :whistle:

In any case:

http://reboot.pro/13601/

http://www.rmprepusb.com/tutorials/erase-your-hard-disk

And NO, you cannot start another OS from a booted PE, while you can start DBAN (or a better/faster tool) from grub4dos or Syslinux (grub4dos in your case may be easier since you can add an option for grldr.mbr to your \boot\BCD, leaving the PE booting sequence substantially unaltered, i.e. introducing an option to the bootmanager you are already using).

If you really-really want to (and of course it depends on the actual media you have your PE on) you may have an entry in your .cmd setting "next boot" to DBAN (or better/faster tool) and force a shutdown/reboot, but it seems to me unneededly complex, though possible.

Some hints are given here:

http://reboot.pro/16283/

jaclaz

EDIT:

This statement:

And NO, you cannot start another OS from a booted PE

needs a clarification, there is a way, though it is experimental, troublesome and I personally doubt it will work from a PE 3.x, but you never know:

http://reboot.pro/7391/

Edited by jaclaz

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