So I am trying to wipe the hard drive on a laptop with no optical drive. No problemmo! The Customizing UBCD page at ultimatebootcd.com has a two-line text command and a built-in program on the Ultimate Boot CD will automagically turn a formatted USB stick into a bootable Ultimate Boot . . . uh. . . Stick. This used to be a hassle with older versions of UBCD, but now it is dead simple and worked
on the first go. So I booted the laptop, changed the BIOS settings to boot from USB first and rebooted. It loaded the UBCD menu in frikken RECORD time and shaBAM here I am in Darik’s Boot and Nuke ready to blast the data on my hard drive all to smithereens. So as usual I typed “autonuke” at the prompt and DBAN started a’wipin all the drives it saw. Including my shiny new UBCD-on-a-stick flash drive.
At this point, I said rather a naughty word. Then I was happy I had the Customizing UBCD page still open, and (after reformatting the USB drive in Windows Disk Management) I proceeded to REmake my bootable USB UBCD drive. Like a boss. Only perhaps, next time, I will tell DBAN just exactly WHICH drive to nuke.
Complacency will get you, and your flash drive software, killed.