Solved! Dban screen of dots

docjfox

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Booted Dban from USB-HDD. Got the usual opening page and clicked enter. Immediately the screen filled with white dots on blue screen. The bottom left of the page has the cursor and the last line seems to be moving quickly. Is this a "normal" situation and I just wait? Has anyone had the dots end...ever? Do I pull the hard drive before recycling the laptop?

1 notebook win10, 1 Vista Home same condition for both.
 

Saga Lout

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It is always adviseable to remove all hard drives before parting company of a PC. They're useful backup storage drives and the connecting gear is quite cheap.

Then keep them in the fireproof strongbox where you (should) store the fire insurance paperwork and you have a reliable backup.
 

docjfox

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Thanks for the reply, but what I am asking is about the white dots. Do they ever end? Is the hard drive actually being nuked?
 

Saga Lout

Glorious
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The dots may be indicative of the DBan programme still running but if you're removing the hard drives, it matters not if you just pull the plug from the wall to turn it off.

I always cut dead hard drives into three pieces using my angle grinder. That way it reduces the likelihood of being get picked out at the junk tip and sent to Africa where some poor soul gets to sit over a hot wok, breathing toxic fumes while they melt and separate the metals for reuse.
 

docjfox

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I'm not sure I am going to remove the HD. Just concerned about the dots and a running program. Thanks for the reply..
 
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