Disk examination preferences

The Disk Examination tab allows the user to configure the settings for KillDisk's examination procedure, namely the colors used to represent first, second and third grade disks and the examination XML report settings.

Disk grading

Disk grade settings
For each grade, you may select the Green, Yellow, or Red to represent the disk grade visually. Multiple grades may share the same color.
Maximum read errors
Defined under the second grade disks section, the maximum read errors settings allows the user to define the maximum read error tolerance before a disk is categorized as a third grade disk. Third grade disks are the worst grade level, and are considered unreliable for use.

Save XML erasure reports

Report location

User may configure where XML examination 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.