Install DBAN on USB Flash Drive using Windows

Easily Install DBAN on USB flash drive using Windows. How to create a DBAN bootable USB from Windows using the YUMI Multiboot tool. Darik's Boot and Nuke 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). It works by completely deleting all contents of the disk. By following along, anyone should be able to install, boot and run it from a USB device.

DBAN USB Bootable Flash Drive

Here is a screenshot of (Darik's Boot and Nuke) running from a Bootable USB.

DBAN USB - Darik's Boot and Nuke Running From USB

Distribution Home Page: Project Homepage

Persistent Feature: No (Unnecessary)

Essentials to create a Bootable DBAN USB

  • Windows PC to perform conversion
  • dban*.iso
  • Flash Drive (fat32 formatted)
  • YUMI (does the conversion)

How to Install DBAN on USB Flash Drive

Installing (Dariks Boot and Nuke) DBAN on USB Flash Drive using YUMI from within Windows.

  1. Download and launch the YUMI Multiboot Tool
  2. (1) Choose your Flash Drive.
  3. (2) Select "DBAN (Hard Drive Nuker)" from the list of distributions.
  4. (3) Browse to your ISO, and then click Create.
    Make a DBAN USB using YUMI
  5. Once YUMI has finished the installation, restart your PC and set your BIOS or Boot Menu to boot from your flash drive. Then, save your changes and reboot.

If all went well, you should now be booting DBAN from your USB flash drive.

Notes: At least with older versions, the autonuke feature may also Nuke the Flash Drive and as usual, any other drive it detects. To prevent the autonuke feature from wiping the thumb drive, Pendrive Linux subscriber Lee Sonko suggests the following:

"Remove your thumb drive after the Hard Drive Nuker has loaded, but before it has started wiping drives."