4.2 Interactive, Command Line and Batch Modes

Active@ KillDisk for Windows can be used two ways:

  • Interactive Mode
  • Command Line and Batch Mode

4.2.1 Interactive Mode

The steps for erasing data and wiping data are similar. Follow steps 1 through 10 and then click the link to complete either the erasing process or the wiping process.

If you are booting from a CD/DVD-ROM drive, check that the drive has boot priority in the BIOS settings of your computer.

Here are the steps for interactive operation:

  1. Start Active@ KillDisk either from a bootable CD/DVD, a USB / floppy device or the Programs menu. The Detected Physical Devices screen appears.

    Detected Local System Devices screen appears.

    Erase Hard Drive. Detected Physical Devices
  2. All system physical devices and logical partitions are displayed in a list.
    Hard drive devices are numbered by the system BIOS. A system with a single hard drive shows as number 0. Subsequent hard drive devices are numbered consecutively. For example the second device will be shown as Fixed Disk 1.
  3. Select a device and read the detailed information about the device in the right pane. Below the device, select a logical partition. The information in the right pane changes.
    Be certain that the drive you are selecting is the one that you want to erase or wipe. If you choose to erase, all data will be permanently erased with no chance for recovery.
    To preview the sectors on a physical disk or on a volume (logical disk), select it and press ALT + P or click Hex Preview on the toolbar. The Hex Preview panel appears.

    Data Viewer

    Erase Hard Disk. Data Viewer
  4. To scroll up and down, use the keyboard navigation arrow keys, PAGE UP, PAGE DOWN, HOME and END or use the related buttons on the toolbar.
  5. To jump to a specific sector, type the sector number in the Sector box and press ENTER or click Go on the toolbar.
  6. When you are satisfied with the identification of the device, close the Hex Preview panel (ALT+P).
  7. To preview the files in a logical disk, select the volume and press ENTER or double-click it. KillDisk scans the directories for the partition. The Folders and Files screen appears.

    Files Preview

    Erase Hard Drive. Files Preview
  8. Press TAB to move between panels or choose a panel with the mouse.
  9. To select an item in the list, use PAGE DOWN, PAGE UP or the up or down arrow keys or use the mouse.
  10. To open a folder, double-click the folder or select it and press ENTER.
    KillDisk scans the system records for this folder. The files in the folder appear in the right panel. Existing files and folders are marked by yellow icons and deleted files and folders are marked by gray icons.
    If you are wiping data from unoccupied areas, the gray-colored file names are removed after the wiping process completes.
    You may use the Hex Preview mode to inspect the work done by the wiping process. After wiping, the data in these areas and the places these files hold in the root records or other system records are gone.

At this point, link to the steps to either erase the data or wipe the data.

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Open Contents

  1. Product Overview
    1. Erasing Confidential Data
      1. Advanced Data Recovery Systems
      2. International Standards in Data Removal
    2. Wiping Confidential Data from Unoccupied Drive Space
      1. Wiping NTFS
      2. Wipe FAT
      3. Wipe HFS+
      4. Wiping Ext2fs/Ext3fs/Ext4fs
  2. System Requirements
    1. Personal Computer
    2. Drive Storage System
    3. Other Requirements
    4. Active@ KillDisk for Hard Drives Version
  3. Running Active@ KillDisk for DOS
    1. Preparing a DOS-Bootable floppy,USB
      1. System Formatting
      2. Copying Active@ KillDisk to a floppy, USB
      3. One-Step Method
    2. Preparing a Bootable CD
    3. Modes of Operation
      1. Interactive Mode
        1. Erase Data from a Device
        2. Wiping the Data
      2. DOS Command Line Mode
      3. Autoexecute Mode
    4. Erasing or Wiping Logical Drives (Partitions)
    5. Erase Operation Complete
  4. Running Active@ KillDisk for Windows
    1. Active@ Boot Disk Creator
    2. Modes of Operation
    3. Command Line Mode
    4. Erasing or Wiping Logical Drives (Partitions)
    5. Erase Data from a Logical Drive
    6. Wipe Data from a Logical Drive
    7. Erase or Wipe Operation Complete
  5. Common Questions
    1. How does the licensing work?
    2. How is the data erased?
    3. What is the difference between the Site and Enterprise license?
    4. Which operating systems are supported by Active@ KillDisk?
    5. Is Active@ KillDisk compatible with Macintosh computers?
    6. What to do if I cannot boot from a floppy (USB)?
    7. Will I be able to use my Hard Disk Drive after Active@ KillDisk erase operation?
  6. Descriptions of Erase/Wipe Parameters
    1. Erase/Wipe Methods
      1. One Pass Zeros or One Pass Random
      2. User Defined
      3. US DoD 5220.22-M
      4. US DoD 5220.22-M (ECE)
      5. German VSITR
      6. Russian GOST p50739-95
      7. Canadian OPS-II
      8. HMG IS5 Baseline
      9. HMG IS5 Enhanced
      10. US Army AR380-19
      11. US Air Force 5020
      12. Navso P-5329-26 RL
      13. Navso P-5329-26 MFM
      14. NCSC-TG-025
      15. Bruce Schneier
      16. Gutmann
    2. Other Parameters
      1. Verification
      2. Retry Attempts
      3. Ignore Errors
      4. Clear Log File before Start
      5. Skip Confirmation
      6. Wipe out Deleted/Unused data
    3. Glossary of Terms