How to use Active@ LiveCD to erase volumes or sanitize disks?

Active@ KillDisk is a powerful utility that will:

  • Wipe confidential data from unused space on your hard drive
  • Erase data from partitions or from an entire hard disk
  • Destroy data permanently

Wiping the logical drive's deleted data does not delete existing files and folders.

It processes all unoccupied drive space so that data recovery of previously deleted files becomes impossible. Installed applications and existing data are not touched by this process.

Active@ KillDisk wipes unused data residue from file slack space, unused sectors, and unused space in MTF records or system records.

When you erase data with Active@ KillDisk, you destroy data permanently, conforming to any one of six international standards or your own custom settings.

Wiping drive space or erasing data can take a long time, so perform these operations when you are prepared to wait. For example, these operations may be run overnight.

To run Active@ KillDisk:

  1. From the Active@ LiveCD shell, click Start > Programs > Active@ KillDisk. After initializing, the Active@ KillDisk workspace appears with all available devices listed under System Local Disks.
  2. Click a physical drive or a logical drive to select it. Properties of the selected device appear in the Properties tab to the right.
  3. To scan the selected logical drive, click Scan. The Progress tab appears, showing the status of the scan while Time Left counts down the remaining time.
  4. After the scan completes, sub-folders appear in the System Local Disks list and the folders and files in the selected drive appear in the Folders and Files tab.
  5. Available files and folders appear with a coloured icon. Deleted files and folders appear with a gray icon.

After the scan has completed, you may do the following:

  1. Select existing and deleted folder and file information in the Folders and Files tab.
  2. To view sectors of data in a device or logical drive, select a device or drive and click View data. The Hex Previewappears. Scroll through the available data.

To view sectors of data in a file:

  1. Select a logical drive. Files and folders appear in the right panel.
  2. In the right panel, select a file.
  3. Click Hex Preview. The Data Viewer appears. Scroll through the available data.

To clear data residue from unused sectors:

  1. Select the check box next to a device or logical drive or multiple devices or logical drives.
  2. Click Wipe. The Wipe Free Disk Space dialog box appears.
  3. Choose a method from the Wipe Method drop-down list. (Method descriptions appear below.)
  4. Set other parameters for wiping. (Parameter descriptions appear below)
  5. Click Start.
  6. If the Skip Confirmation check box is clear, the Confirm Action dialog box appears. Click Yes.
  7. The Progress bar appears.
  8. To stop the process at any time, press ESC.

To erase data completely:

  1. Select the check box next to a device or logical drive or multiple devices or multiple logical drives.
  2. Click Kill. The Kill dialog box appears.
  3. Choose a method from the Erase Method drop-down list. (Method descriptions appear below.)
  4. Set other parameters for erasing. (Parameter descriptions appear below.)
  5. Click Start.

If the Skip Confirmation check box is clear, the Confirm Action dialog box appears. This is the final step before removing data from the selected drive for ever. Type ERASE-ALL-DATA in the text box and press ENTER or click YES.

  1. The Progress bar appears.
  2. To stop the process at any time, press ESC.

After the Wipe or Kill operation is complete, information about the wipe or erase session is displayed in the Session Log.

Note: For more detailed instructions and support, see the Active@ KillDisk User Guide.