File Browser

KillDisk includes a built-in File Browser for examining the contents of disks for verification purposes, for hard drives' selection control or for erased files validation after erase or wipe. Details on using this feature are discussed in this section.


KillDisk detects existing files as well as files that have been deleted but not sanitized. They appear gray and indicate deleted files with a high probability of being recovered with a special file recovery tools.

Opening the Browsing View

To browse the contents of a specific disk from the Disk Bay Layout View simply select the desired disk and click Browse Disk in the action toolbar or select the related command from the context menu. Shortcut is Ctrl-B.

Figure 1: Launching the File Browser

This will open the File Browser tab:

Figure 2: File Browser Window

The File Browser tab displays files and folders on the disk being selected.

The File Browser tabbed View may also be manipulated by navigating to the Customize button at the top.

Here you have options to adjust:

Show System Files
Toggles advanced disk information (system files) being shown
Show Unallocated Partitions
Toggles the unallocated disk partitions being shown
Navigator Pane
Toggles the Navigator Pane View ON and OFF
Figure 3: Deleted Files in the File Browser

Grey files indicate deleted files have not been sanitized. These files are recoverable. Running KillDisk's Wipe operation ensures these files are unrecoverable and make these gray files disappear from the File Browser.


Found deleted files appear in their original directory (before they were deleted). The ! Lost & Found ! folder is a virtual directory created for found deleted files with not discovered directory information.