Disk Erase

The Disk Erase Options tab allows for users to configure settings for the KillDisk erase procedures.

Erase method
One of 20+ sanitizing methods including many international standards and custom patterns supported by KillDisk
Erase verification
Percentage of disk to be verified after disk erasure
Note: In some erase methods such as the US DoD 5220.22-M this option is mandatory. After the erase operation has completed this feature will scan the entire drive evenly and verify the integrity of the erase operation. This option is the percent of the sectors to check across the disk. Most standards specify 10% as an accurate sample size for the verification.
Eject disk(s) after erase
Ejects the CD drive after erase
Initialize disk(s) after erase
Initializes the first disk sector (MBR) after erasure to be visible and accessible by OS
Write fingerprint to first sector

This feature writes the specified fingerprint to the first sector of the erased drive. If erased disk is plugged into the system and system boots from this disk the user will see this fingerprint as a message on the screen

Print erase labels

This feature prints erase label automatically after erase completion using specific Disk Label Preset configuration

Erase confirmation
As a safety precaution to prevent accidental destruction of hard drives KillDisk has the user-typed key phrase mechanism before the erase procedure is initiated (see below). By default this precaution is set with the key phrase ERASE-ALL-DATA. This key phrase can be modified set as a randomly generated set of characters or disabled.
Figure 1: Sensitive action confirmation dialog