All I needed to do was fill the hard disk with zeros. Simple right? It turned out not to be. My Ubuntu liveCD is broken, it hangs when I get to the keyboard chooser. My Phlak live CD didn’t cut it either. My minimal System Rescue CD couldn’t handle the SATA disk… Off to the Knoppix home page and one burnt and booted CD later I have a funtioning Linux system. Thank DYOC (Deity of Your Own Choice) for Knoppix!