Disk Erase Options
The Erase Preferences tab allows for users to configure settings for the
KillDisk erase procedures.
Figure: Erase options dialog
- Select entire disk
- Entire surface of the disk will be erased
- Select exact area
- Allows you to use the sliders on the visualization of your disk to select a
particular range of sectors for erasure. You may also click on individual
partitions and the selected individual partitions will be erased.
- Erase method
- One of many internationally recognized erase methods supported by KillDisk.
- Erase verification
- Percentage of disk to be verified after disk was erased.
Note: In some erase
methods such as the US DoD 5220.22-M, this option is mandatory. After the
erase operation has completed, this option will scan the entire drive evenly
and verify the integrity of the erase operation. The percentage indicates
the percent of the sectors that are checked, spread across the disk. Most
standards specify 10% as an accurate sample size for the
- Initialize after erase
- Formats the disk to be ready to use after erasure.
- Write fingerprint
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
Also see Report Options for information about erase report.