Disk Erase

KillDisk is an extremely powerful tool for secure disk erasure. Individual disks or batches of disks can be erased according to any desired standard with just a few clicks. The process to achieve this is described below.

  1. Select a disks for erasure

    Use Disk Explorer to select proper disks.

  2. Open Erase disks dialog using one of the following methods:
    • Click the Erase command in the action toolbar
    • Click Actions > Erase Disk command from main menu
    • Click Erase Disk command from context menu
    • Press F10 key
    Figure 1: Initiating the Erase operation
  3. Confirm erasure options

    Disk Erase options dialog pops up:

    Figure 2: Disk Erase Options

    Use tabbed Views to adjust disk erasure options if necessary. Available options:

    Use Disk Examine page in application preferences to specify disk grading attributes if necessary.

    If single disk is selected by Erase Disk command a disk area to be erased can be specified:

    Figure 3: Erase Disk - Area Selection
    Select all disk space
    Entire surface of the disk will be erased
    Select all volumes
    Select for erase the only disk space where the live volumes located
    Select all unallocated space
    Select for erase the only disk unallocated area (the space where no live volumes exist)
    Select exact disk area
    Allows you to use sliders on the visualization of your disk to select a particular range of sectors for erasure.

    You may also click on individual partitions and the selected partitions will be erased.

    Click Start button to go to the final confirmation dialog:

    Figure 4: Disk Erase Confirmation

    Click OK button to begin disk erase process.

  4. Observe erase process

    If Disk Examine was selected then a disk examination will start first. Depending on examination at 2nd stage - disk erase begins.

    When the Erase procedure begins you see the disk area representation as a progress bar as well as erase method and progress. The progress bar represents the percentage of data left to erase on the drive with the corresponding percentage shown. As the procedure progresses the percentage decreases and the red bar gets smaller.

    The remaining time is shown too and the progress is displayed:

    Figure 5: Disk Erase Progress
    Figure 6: Disk erasure
    Figure 7: Disk Erase Completed
When erasing completed you can review results and print an Erase Certificates and Erase Labels for processed disks.
Figure 8: Disk Erase Summary