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Erase Hard Disk Procedures

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3.1. Prepare bootable USB, floppy (startup disk)  

Active@ KillDisk operates from the USB / floppy drive in a Microsoft DOS environment. For hard drives on PCs with operating systems other than DOS or Windows, you must create a DOS-bootable USB / floppy on a DOS or Windows machine and use it on your alternate-OS machine.

If you have a bootable USB / floppy, skip to the Copy Active@ KillDisk section, below.

To prepare a bootable USB / floppy from MS-DOS, Windows 95/98/ME/XP, put a USB / floppy in the USB / floppy drive (a:) and follow the appropriate instructions below:

  • From MS-DOS or in Command Prompt mode of Windows 95/98:
    • On the screen, type the format command as follows (see Figure 3-1):
      FORMAT A: /S
  • Follow on-screen messages until process is complete

Figure 3-1: DOS Format Progress Messages

Hard Drive Eraser.Procedure
  • From the Windows 95/98/ME screen:
    • Click the Start button and click Settings, Control Panel.
    • From the Control Panel screen, click Add/Remove Programs.
    • In the Add/Remove Programs screen, click the Startup Disk tab.
    • Click the Startup Disk... button and follow the screen instructions until the process is complete.

Figure 3-2: Windows Format Startup Disk Screen

Windows Format Startup Disk Screen
  • From the Windows XP screen:
    • Right-click A: drive.
    • From the drop-down menu, click Format...
    • Enable the checkbox beside Create an MS-DOS startup disk.
    • Click the Start button and follow the screen instructions until the process is complete.

3.1.1. Copy Active@ KillDisk  

  • Copy Active@ KillDisk file (KILLDISK.EXE) to the bootable USB / floppy disk or startup disk in drive A:
  • If you don't have the Active@ KillDisk file, download it from http://www.killdisk.com
  • After copying the file onto the USB / floppy, remove it from the USB / floppy drive

3.1.2. Label the Disk  

Active@ KillDisk can be used two ways:

  • DOS Interactive mode
  • Command Line mode

If you plan to use Active@ KillDisk in DOS Interactive mode, label the disk as follows:

  • Active@ KillDisk
  • Data Eraser Utility

If you plan to use Active@ KillDisk in Command Line mode, please skip the next section and read Boot to DOS (Command Line Mode).

Once preparation of the bootable 3.5-inch USB / floppy disk is complete, you are ready to begin removing data.

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