Disk erase preferences

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

Initialize disk(s) after erase

When checked, this setting formats the disk(s) once an erase operation has been completed, initializing them for data storage. Otherwise, the erased disks will simply remain unformatted.

Write fingerprint to first sector

This feature will write the specified fingerprint to the first sector of the erased drive. If a machine is booted from this drive, the user will see this fingerprint as a message on the screen.

Erase confirmation
As a safety precaution to prevent accidental destruction of hard drives, KillDisk has the user type a keyphrase before the erase procedure is initiated (Figure 3.1.6). By default this precaution is set with the keyphrase "ERASE-ALL-DATA". This keyphrase can be modified, set as a randomly generated set of characters, or disabled in these settings.

Figure: Sensitive action confirmation dialog

Save XML erasure reports

Report location

User may configure where XML erasure reports are saved.

File Name template
Here you may specify the name template for the XML reports. Because every erase operation will generate a separate report, KillDisk saves the date and time in the default settings to keep reports. The main tags available are:
Table 1. File name template tags:
Available file name element: Tag:
Serial ID {Serial ID}
Erasure Status {Status}
Date of Erasure {Date(YYYY-MM-DD)}
Time of Erasure {Time(HH-mm-ss)}

To see additional file name tags available, see the File name tags section in the Appendix.

Include system and hardware info

Ensures that the system-specific information is saved in the XML report, such as:

  • Operating system
  • Kernel version
  • Platform name
  • Device attributes
  • Disk geometry
  • Partitioning information
  • Active partitions
Include technician information

Optionally place the technician information (defined in the Certificate Preferences) into the XML erasure report

Create separate report for each disk for batch operations

By default batches are treated as one unit, so XML reports will include the report information for all the disks in a batch. This option allows for the user to create separate reports for each of the disks pertaining to a batch, so the disk records can be handled separately. This is useful when disk reports are required immediately for each disk; the batch does not need to complete before the report is issued.