I'm trying to erase the HDD's of several laptops so that they can be donated to various programs. Doing so requires that I: Change the boot order in the BIOS pop in floppy and restart computer. perform the wipe to DOD standards verify that the drive was completly wiped Well on several of the machines, when I restart, I get: Remove disks or other media. Press any key to restart which I do only to have the computer try to run Windows like it would normally. I then start over by restarting, entering the BIOS to verify that the first boot device is the FDD (which it is) as well as verifying that the HDD is being recognized (in these instances it has been, but I'll get to my other problem later). I exit BIOS, let it boot and get (you guessed it!) Remove disks or other media. Press any key to restarteach time this happens I am booting a PC DOS floppy to run Norton GDisk to wipe the drives. If I use another utility (Autoclave v0.3) it boots directly from the floppy and I can wipe the drive. The only problem with using Autoclave is that I can't verify the drive has been completly wiped (using Norton Diskedit) because when I restart the computer it doesn't detect a HDD, and my job requires that EACH drive be checked and if necessary, re-wiped or degaussed/destroyed. If anyone can give me some insight as to exactly what is happening, and what I can do/try to get past these problems, I would be appreciative. If more info is needed from me just ask and I'll do my best to provide it.