Common Questions

I cannot boot the machine from a floppy. What is wrong?

There are many possible reasons that you cannot boot from a floppy. Please consult this troubleshooting chart:

Problem Solution
Floppy disk is not bootable or damaged. With the floppy in drive A:, verify whether or not system files (COMMAND.COM, etc.) are located on floppy. If the disk directory can be read and system files appear by name, the disk or some files on the disk may be damaged. On a DOS or Windows PC, run SCANDISK.EXE to check for damaged areas on the disk surface. Alternately, prepare and test another bootable floppy disk.
Machine has boot priority for Hard Disk Drives, or another device set higher than for Floppy Drives. Open the low-level setup screen, usually by pressing [F1] or [Delete] on the keyboard during PC startup. These setup parameters build structure in the BIOS. Locate the section about Boot Device Priority, or similar. This section will allow you to set the search order for types of boot devices. When the screen opens, a list of boot devices will appear. Typical devices on this list will be Hard Drives, CD ROM drives, Floppy Drives and Network Boot option. If the floppy device has been disabled, enable it (provided you have a floppy disk installed). The priority should indicate that the floppy device is the number one device the BIOS consults when searching for boot instructions. If Floppy Drives is at the top of the list, that is usually the indicator.

Which operating systems are supported by Active@ ERASER?

Active@ ERASER runs in the Microsoft DOS environment. As it can be installed easily onto a bootable floppy disk, it does not matter which operating system is installed on the machine hard drive. If you can boot in DOS mode from the boot diskette, you can detect and erase any drives independent of the installed Operating System.

How is the data erased?

Active@ Eraser communicates with the system board Basic Input-Output Subsystem (BIOS) functions to access hardware directly. It uses Logical Block Addressing (LBA) access if necessary to clean FAT32 drives more than 8 Gb in size. To erase data it overwrites all addressable locations on the drive witha character or character set defined for a particular method.

For example, to conform to US DoD 5220.22-M security standard, it overwrites locations on the drive three times using the following:

  • First time with zeros (0x00)
  • Second time with 0xFF
  • Third time with random characters

When using User Defined Number of Passes, it overwrites each time with random characters.

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