KillDisk Desktop Video Guide
KillDisk Desktop - Operating in Basic Mode
KillDisk Desktop Basic Operation – Text Version:
The KillDisk Desktop comes fully configured to erase disks on its’ own, right out of the box. In this video, I will demonstrate KillDisk Desktop’s basic operating mode, with the station and certificate printer (though even the printer is optional).
The unit is powered on with the power button at the front. The booting up process may take a minute. Once this process is complete, you’ll see a message on the LCD display, reading: “KillDisk Desktop STANDBY..” as well as the date and time. This means the unit is ready for operation.
First, let’s place a hard drive into one of the disk bays for erasure. The bays support both 2.5” and 3.5” drives, solid state and hard disk SATA drives.
Additionally, KillDisk desktop may operate on USB or eSATA attached devices. USB 3.0 is supported in the blue port on the front of the station, or the white ports at the back. With our devices connected, we are ready to erase them. First, let’s check our settings to make sure our disk sanitation operations meet our particular standards.
The interface we’ll be using is the LCD display on the unit and the push buttons below it. The buttons consist of up and down selection buttons, the enter button and the escape button.
To access the main KillDisk menu, we are going to hit the enter key.
Here, we are prompted to enter our password. You can set this (among all the other advanced settings using the graphical user interface) and change the number inputted using the arrow selection keys. The default password is ‘0000’, so that is what we’ll input.
Now we have access to the main menu. Here we can select from a list of KillDisk settings and operations, including Erase, examine, erasure method, Automatic Mode, Certificates and Labels. We can navigate with the up and down buttons, make a selection with the enter button and undo actions with the escape button.
First, let’s get certificates to automatically print upon completion of an operation. We navigate to the Certificate menu item, and select it. We can see here that the No print option is selected. Let’s navigate to Print Certificate and confirm our selection. Now, upon the completion and termination of any killdisk operation, KillDisk will print a certificate with the full report on the operation and status when completed.
Now let’s set the disk erase standard to US DoD 5220.22-M, 3 passes and a verify. We go to the main menu and navigate to ‘Erase Method’. Here we can scroll through the most popular erase methods KillDisk supports and select the US DoD 5220.22-M. We confirm our selection with the enter key.
Now that the KillDisk system is fully configured to erase disks to my specifications, let’s look at some of the disk operations I can perform with the system.
KillDisk Desktop not only looks after the security of my hard drives, but also their health. It offers the functionality to examine my disks for bad sectors and reports any issues. Suppose I suspect that the disk I places in slot 5 might have bad sectors. I’ll select ‘Examine Disk’ in the main menu. I’ll be initially given the option to examine all idle disks. Since I’m only worried about the disk in bay 5, I’ll use the arrows to select the ‘examine disk in bay 5’ option. I’ll hit enter to confirm my selection and the disk examination process will begin. A green led will light up on the disk bay under examination and the LCD display will show that the Examination is in progress the percentage completed and time remaining. If there are any bad sectors detected, the LED will flash red to notify me of this problem. A full examination report will also be saved to the KillDisk Desktop station, which I’ll be able to access any time.
Now I’d like to erase the rest of the disks I have plugged into the station. I’ve already got the erase method set and certificate printing enabled, so all I need to do is find Erase in the main menu, select it, and Select ‘erase all idle disks’ in the sub-menu. As with the examination, I could also select the disks individually. I could also cancel other disks’ processes if I’d like to add them to the batch of idle disks for erasure.
Once the disk erasure process has been initialized, the disk bay leds will flash green and LCD display will display the disk bays being erased, their time remaining and percentage completed.
Once these processes completed, the disk erasure certificate will automatically be printed by the connected printer.