KillDisk Desktop Video Guide
KillDisk Desktop - Basic GUI Operation
Basic GUI Operation – Text Version:
Though KillDisk Desktop doesn’t need much to function as a disk sanitation workstation, you wouldn’t be doing it justice without taking a look at the graphical user interface. In this video, I’ll be demonstrating KillDisk Desktop’s workstation configuration. I’ll be navigating through the application with a standard mouse, keyboard and monitor.
Once the system is hooked up, we’re ready to start using the workstation. Let’s start by powering it on.
Before the system boots into the KillDisk environment, notice that there’s a KillDisk boot menu allowing us to select the option to “Restore to factory defaults”. In case anything goes wrong with the system, quick and easy disaster recovery is readily available through this feature. But in this case, we won’t touch anything and let the station boot as normal.
User Interface Navigation:
Once KillDisk Desktop has finally booted, we see the main KillDisk interface. Let’s do a quick walkthrough.
First, we have our menu toolbar at the top of the application. Under file, we have a list of general application options.
We can save our hardware configuration, commonly used in debugging scenarios with our support staff, you can save your log to a file, configure your printer, network timezone and application preferences, and shut down the application. We’ll get back to the preferences in a bit.
Next, we have our view options. We have several views we can enable, such as the disk explorer or application log. We can also access any views that are currently active.
Under actions, we have our basic KillDisk actions, which we also see mirrored in the Contextual toolbar below.
Tools lets us launch a number of helpful features, such as the smart monitor, file manager, web browser, linux terminal, simple text editor or screenshot application.
Windows lets us access any opened windows.
Finally, the help menu gives us access to the documentation, lets us check for updates and check details about the application, such as licensee, software version and more.
Below the menu bar, we see our context toolbar. It changes depending on the applications main view. The main view is where most of the important application information is shown. It shows the current view. This could be the Disk Explorer, Hex viewer, or any of the other KillDisk desktop views. The view generally found at the bottom is the application output. Now that we’re acquainted, let’s take a look at the advanced settings for KillDisk Desktop. These may be set with the GUI interface and will persist, even if the station is operating in its’ basic mode, without the monitor or other peripherals.
KillDisk Settings & Preferences:
First, we have our general settings. These settings mainly pertain to the GUI “look ‘n feel” options. Fonts, sizes, button types… Here you can tweak the application to feel just right for you.
Next we have our Station preferences. Here, we can set the password, automation options, and configuration options.
Next we have our erase settings, where we can configure the sanitation procedure to meet our specific standards and workflow. We can choose our default disk erase method, advanced erase features, and XML report settings.
Similarly, we can configure our Disk examination settings, choosing how to perform the examination and how we want our XML report to look like.
Next, we can customize our Disk Erasure Certificate with our company information, logo and more.
We can also configure KillDisk Desktop to print Labels for our erased disks with a variety of templates and ability to create custom templates to meet any label style.
Finally, we can even configure the Error Handling for KillDisk, for cases where the application encounters read/write errors.
Disk Erase and Examination Procedures:
With our preferences set, we can start erasing disks! Let’s start by inserting some hard drives in the disk bays. The system supports both 2.5” and 3.5” SATA drives. It can also work with USB and eSATA connected devices. To operate on them, simple select “Show removable devices” in the Settings options.
Suppose I suspect my disk in Bay 1 has bad sectors. I can now select that disk in the Disk Explorer and perform the examine operation on it. KillDisk Desktop will let me adjust some general examination settings and I can launch the operation on that disk.
Now suppose the disks in bay 2 and 3 need to be erased. I can select them either individually or erase them as a batch. This allows me to have both disks on the same erase certificate with the same erase parameters and comments.
Suppose I’m not sure if this USB has important data on it, prior to erasing it. I can browse the device using the file explorer to make sure. When I’m ready, I can set it to erase as well.
If I have a printer configured with the system, I can have erase certificates and labels automatically.
And that covers the main features of KillDisk Desktop’s Workstation configuration! To learn about KillDisk Desktop, be sure to check out our other videos.