[linux] Dynamic Drive Overlay (DDO) is evil

Jesse Weigert jesse at rainydawg.com
Thu Sep 4 15:04:54 PDT 2003

If you really want to be sure, do this:

Make sure that it is the only hard drive on the system.(Just to be on the
safe side)

Check to make sure the computer is set to boot off the floppy disk or
cdrom first. (Check the BIOS... you want to make sure that the maxtor
driver is not loaded) Then just do a simple dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/hda
bs=512 count=10. That should be more than enough to clear the hard drive
to a usable state.

-Jesse Weigert

> Hey everybody,


> I have a stupid/simple situation that I can't figure

> out how to solve. I'm working on setting up a dual

> boot system with win98SE and Linux. Everything was

> fine until someone (not me) installed a hard drive and

> used the maxtor sotware that came with it to install

> Maxtor's DDO utility on it. Among other things this

> overwrote the mbr. So, being the resourceful fellow I

> am, I booted from the redhat disk, reran lilo, and all

> was well... sort of.


> I'd like to just wipe the disk and start over, since

> there's no data on it, but I'm not sure how to deal

> with the disk. It looks like the DDO in this case

> wrote stuff to the mbr portion of the disk, which I

> don't know how to deal with for a non-bootable drive.

> Any help would be greatly appreciated.


> -Matt


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