3. Running Active@ KillDisk for DOS

After you purchase Active@ KillDisk, you will receive a zip file named KD-SETUP.zip. This file contains everything you need to set up and run the application.

Double-click on the .zip file to open it up. In the window that opens, click Extract all files. The Extraction Wizard will open. Click Next to continue.

From the Select a Destination dialog, select the location where you want the folder to be placed. Then click Next to extract the files.

Use these files while following the steps below to prepare a bootable disk.

3.1 Preparing a DOS-Bootable USB / floppy Disk  

Active@ KillDisk for Hard Drives is a powerful utility with a small footprint.

It is small enough to operate from a single USB / floppy drive in a Microsoft DOS environment.

This can be useful in a number of situations. For example, a computer technician who is assigned to erase the data on PCs with hard drives containing Windows operating systems or operating systems other than DOS or Windows, can use a single DOS-bootable USB / floppy to erase all data.

This chapter describes the steps to create a DOS-bootable USB, floppy(a startup disk) and run the utility. If you have a bootable USB / floppy, skip to the Copy Active@ KillDisk to a USB / floppy section, below.

If you want to create a bootable CD ROM, follow instructions in 3.2 Preparing a Bootable CD.

3.1.1 System Formatting  

To prepare a bootable USB / floppy from MS-DOS, Windows 95/98/ME/XP, put a blank 3.5-inch USB / floppy in the USB / floppy drive (drive A:) and follow the appropriate instructions below.

Windows 95/98 MS-DOS or Command Prompt Mode
  1. On the screen, type the format command as follows: FORMAT A: /S
  2. Follow on-screen messages until process is complete.
Windows 95/98/ME Operating System
  1. Click the Start button and click Settings > Control Panel.
  2. From the Control Panel screen, click Add/Remove Programs.
  3. In the Add/Remove Programs screen, click the Startup Disk tab.
  4. Click Startup Disk... and follow the screen instructions until the process is complete.
Windows XP Operating System
  1. Right-click A: drive.
  2. From the drop-down menu, click Format...
  3. Enable the checkbox beside Create an MS-DOS startup disk.
  4. Click the Start button and follow the screen instructions until the process is complete.

3.1.2 Copying KILLDISK.EXE, DOS4GW.EXE Files to a USB / floppy 

Copy the Active@ KillDisk for Hard Drives file (KILLDISK.EXE) and DOS-extender file (DOS4GW.EXE) to the bootable USB / floppy disk or startup disk in drive A:.

If you don't have the Active@ KillDisk for Hard Drives file, download it from http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm.

After copying the file onto the USB / floppy, remove it from the USB / floppy drive.

Labelling the Disk

If you plan to use Active@ KillDisk for Hard Drives in Command Line mode, please skip the next section and read Boot to DOS (Command Line Mode). Once preparation of the bootable 3.5-inch USB / floppy disk is complete, you are ready to begin removing data.

3.1.3 One-Step Method  

Combine all the above steps into one by navigating to our Web site.

Download and run Bootable USB / floppy Disk Creator for Active@ KillDisk.

Once you have installed Active@ KillDisk on the USB / floppy, you are ready to boot from the USB / floppy and use the software for disk erasing.

Before < Running Active@ KillDisk for DOS > Next

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 for DOS and Windows versions
    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

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