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KillDisk Pro

KillDisk Pro is a utility that will completely erase your hard disk 10 times to ensure that the data is not recoverable. For security purposes, you can run KillDisk before sending surplus computers to Central Management Stores.

Procedure and Charges to Surplus Electronic Data Processing Equipment with Hard Drives

3 Ways to Get KillDisk for PC

Estimated time to complete 10 passes depending on the size of the hard drive

Instructions for KillDisk on a CD

Note: set the PC BIOS to allow booting from removable media. Be sure the CD-ROM drive is set higher in the boot order than the PC hard drive(s).

  1. Insert KillDisk Pro disk. A message stating that KillDisk Pro is loading will appear.

    Figure 6: KillDisk is loading...

  2. If you see "ERROR : Invalid partition table in sector 0 on 80h." the hard disk in the PC does not contain any valid partitions. If you still wish to wipe the hard disk press “I” to continue.

    Figure 7: Error Message

  3. When the KillDisk application opens, use the up/down cursors keys to select the hard disk to be wiped . Once the proper disk is selected, press the F10 key.

    Figure 8: The KillDisk Application Screen

  4. At the Configuration screen, press F10 again to begin wipe process (do not make any adjustments to the settings). A progress bar with the total estimated time to competition will appear at the bottom of the screen. See the Estimated Time of Completion chart at the bottom of this page.

    Figure 9: The Configuration Window

  5. When KillDisk Pro completes, you will see a summary of the process.

    Figure 10: The Summary Log

  6. Press the ESC key once to exit the Summary. You will get an exit message. Press the ESC key. The hard drive should be completely wiped.

    Figure 11: The Exit Message

Estimated Time of Completion

These times are approximations. The actual speed will vary depending upon the speed of the hard disk and the computer.

Hard disk size Time to complete 10 passes
1 GB
30 minutes
2 GB
1 hour
4 GB
2 hours
8 GB
4 hours
20 GB
10 hours
40 GB
20 hours
80 GB
40 hours