Install DBAN to a USB Flash Drive using Windows

Run DBAN from a Flash Drive: In the following tutorial, we show you how we created a DBAN USB Flash Drive from Windows using our third party Universal USB Installer. Darik's Boot and Nuke(DBAN) is a simple bootable data destruction tool created by Darik Horn. It can be used to securely wipe an entire hard drive or an attached external disk (IDE or SCSI), completely deleting all contents of the disk.  Upon completion, you should be able to run DBAN from your USB device.
DBAN Startup Menu Screenshot

Distribution Home Page
Minimum Flash Drive Capacity: 32MB (5MB free space)
Persistent Feature: No (Unnecessary)
DBAN Live USB Flash Drive Creation Essentials
  • Windows PC to perform conversion
  • 32MB+ USB flash drive (fat32 formatted)
  • Universal USB-Installer (does the conversion)
DBAN Live USB Flash Drive Creation tutorial
  1. Download the
  2. Download and run Universal USB Installer, select DBAN and follow the onscreen instructions
  3. Once the installation to USB is complete, restart your PC and set yourBIOS or Boot Menu to boot from the USB device, save your changes and reboot
If all went well, you should be booting from your DBAN USB.
Notes: The DBAN autonuke feature will also Nuke the Flash Drive (and as usual, any other drive it detects). I am not sure how to prevent this from happening. So if you use the autonuke feature, you'll wipe DBAN from the USB Flash Drive as well.


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