Can the Mac Air run DBAN?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by newmaclover, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. newmaclover macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2008
    Can the Mac Air run DBAN? I'm trying to boot it from a USB DVD drive but the system just hangs. Has anyone wiped a SSD with DBAN with the Mac Air?
  2. wolfenkraft macrumors regular

    Mar 6, 2008
    Just my speculation but, why do you think a utility written for a bios-based PC will run over USB on an EFI-based mac?
  3. newmaclover thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2008
    It works for the Macbook Pro via internal DVD. And, on the Air it loads but hangs after starting. Has anyone gotten it to work?
  4. ND40oz macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2011
    Why would you use DBAN on an SSD? Have you tried parted magic or secure erase?
  5. rdav macrumors 6502


    Mar 16, 2007
    DBAN alternatives for OS-X?

    DBAN is Windows only. Is there an alternative that will run on Mac OS-X 10.9(Mav)? Something outside of the regular, supplied tools (such as Disk-Utility). And that could perhaps be run from a thumb-drive etc.
  6. ha1o2surfer macrumors 6502

    Sep 24, 2013
    actually DBAN is just not compatible with UEFI. I wouldn't recommend using it on the air or any UEFI system that can't be reverted to legacy mode. I guess if you really wanted too you could make a windows partition and use Apples BIOS emulation to boot the dvd and wipe the ssd like that? lol
  7. monkeybagel macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2011
    United States
    I would strongly discourage running a disk wiping program on an SSD. I would recommend using FileVault to encrypt the entire SSD, then do an Internet Recovery to reinstall OS X.

    Traditional disk wiping programs will only cause excessive wear on the SSD as they are designed for magnetic spindles, not solid state drives.

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