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Trying to wipe a laptop and getting "No GRLDR" error message on boot

By kwami42 ·
I'm trying to wipe a donated laptop using DBAN, but when I try to boot from CD (or HD) I get a message that says No GRLDR. I've done some research and know this is a Linux issue, but all the help topics I've found suggest that I use the repair option on my Windows Install CD. Problem is, I can't boot using the Windows CD, I just get the same error message with no options. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks!

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To boot from the Windows CD,

You may need to enter BIOS setup first and change the boot device order, make
the CD drive your first choice. OR, some laptops give an option by pressing one
of the "F" buttons, like F12, to choose the boot device. GRDLR is the Grub boot
loader used by some Linux distributions to enable multiple OS boot options.
After you boot from the CD, you may have to format the hard drive prior to any
re-installation, you may have to change partition tables as well. A lot depends on
which distribution was previously in use.

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by kwami42 In reply to To boot from the Windows ...

I've tried setting the boot order in the BIOS and in the "Quick Boot" menu (F12), it gives me the message regardless of which boot device is chosen

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Are you trying to boot with the Windows CD in the CD drive? If not, then
at power on the system will look at the CD drive, find nothing there, then
go to the next option, the hard drive...it may have the vestiges of an old
Grub menu, but since you've probably wiped the disk with DBAN, no
operating system is installed. You need to boot from the Windows CD
in the CD drive.

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by kwami42 In reply to To boot from the Windows ...

Yes, I'm using the CD Drive. Even with a CD in the drive it doesn't find anything. Maybe the problem is the CD drive...

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If you have access to another computer

by dayen In reply to Trying to wipe a laptop a ...

Pull the drive and wipe L like drivewipe I found this same problem If someone tried Windows 8 won't let you boot from cd I had to pull the drive and plug it into a usb adapter then I use Active@ Killdisk for windows free version

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