Erase Certificates

KillDisk provides PDF certificates upon the completion of Disk Erase, Secure Erase or Disk Wipe. These certificates can be customized to include company-specific information and hardware/procedure description. Configuring custom settings is described in the Certificate Preferences section of this guide.

Certificate Elements

Company logo
Company logo can be placed to the certificate instead of the default KillDisk's logo at the top right corner.
A barcode in selected format with encoded tags and attributes for scanning using a barcode scanner.
Company information
Displays all company information provided in the preferences. The user in the sample above only provided a business name. But other company information may also be included in the certificate.
Technician information
Displays the technician information provided in the preferences. This section is for the name of the operator and any notes they may want to include in the certificate report.
Erasure results information
Displays information pertaining to the erasure procedure conducted on the hard drive(s). Type of erasure algorithm, custom settings, date and time started and duration of the erasure are all listed here.
Disk information
Uniquely identifies the disk being erased. Includes information like Name, Serial Number, Size and Partitioning Scheme.
System information
Provides details on the system used to run KillDisk such as Operating System and Architecture type.
Hardware information
Provides details on the hardware used to run KillDisk such as Manufacturer, Number of Processors, etc.

The system information here only applies to the system running KillDisk, not the system that was erased by the application!

Storing Certificate to PDF

There are options for storing a certificate to file in PDF format as well as encrypting with passwords and digitally signing output PDFs. You can re-print stored to PDF certificates later on, as well as you can validate their integrity and validity.

Certificate location
Save erase certificate as a file in PDF format to the specific location.
File name template
Specify the template for the certificate file name. See the tags available in Appendix tags section.
Encrypt with password
If password field is not empty, output certificate (PDF file) will be encrypted and protected with specified password. This password needs to be typed in any PDF viewer the next time user opens a certificate for reviewing or printing.
Sign certificate with digital signature
Certificate file (PDF) can be signed with a default digital signature (supplied KillDisk.pfx certificate) or with your custom digital signature (.PFX file). Digital signature can be verified later on. If Adobe Reader successfully verified PDF document, it is guaranteed that its content hasn't been modified since issue.
If custom digital signature is required, please issue a certificate and specify full path to the custom certificate (.PFX file), as well as .PFX open password (if any) in the related fields.
Display digital signature
Digital signature can be displayed as an overlay text on the first page of certificate. After turning this option on, you can specify overlay text using tags (see tags section), its position on the first page, rectangle dimensions and text size.
Note: Encrypting certificates with a password and digital signing options are not available when running KillDisk under 32-bit Operating Systems. Only 64-bit platforms supported.

Sample of Erase Certificate

Figure 1: Erase Certificate - 1-st Page
Figure 2: Erase Certificate - 2-nd Page
Figure 3: Erase Certificate - 3-rd Page
Figure 4: Erase Certificate - Last Page

Sample of Secure Erase Certificate

Figure 5: Secure Erase Certificate - 1-st Page

Sample of Batch Certificate


For operations on group of disks (Batches) KillDisk is able to create both Batch Summary certificate as well as separate Certificates for each disk in the Batch. To configure this, Edit Batch and change Batch Certificate > Save to PDF options.

Figure 6: Batch Certificate - 1-st Page
Figure 7: Batch Certificate - 2-nd Page