Active@ KillDisk gives you a fast, easy way to delete your files and folders for good if you're getting rid of your hard drive. While it's not as advanced as some other permanent deletion programs, it offers enough bonus features to keep you interested. The professional, welcoming look earns it a few extra points.
Active@ KillDisk lets you take another pass at your deleted files and unallocated disk space to make sure your deleted files stay deleted if someone tries to recover them. The program scans your disk automatically and gives you a hierarchical view of what's on your drive so you know exactly what you're deleting. The free version of the program we tested only gives you one pass, which is nowhere near as secure as the military-grade standards that other permanent erasers give you. The program will push up to those standards if you're willing to pay for it, though. It does let you create a brand new boot disk, which can be handy to have if you're using an unstable machine. It even works in DOS and lets you visualize your disk in its true binary code. Those aren't cosmetic add-ons by any means, but it's up to you if these features make up for the lackluster data security.
Many people who are heavy into security may want something that does more than just one overwrite, which is fair. Active@ KillDisk is a cool program for anyone else who is willing to sacrifice that extra security for a few utility features, though. Even better, it gives you the best of both worlds if you're willing to spend a few bucks.
Active@ KillDisk is a secure data removal program that provides the perfect solution to anyone who is either donating their computer or selling it to someone else and wants to ensure that their private data has been properly deleted. It is also ideal in any other situations where you want to ensure that deleted data stays deleted in such a way that it can never be recovered. If you want to know how to erase hard drive data or data stored on any other type of device, then Active@ KillDisk provides the solution that you need. The program supports hard drives, SSDs, USB drives, flash memory cards, SCSI drives, ZIP drives and more. It operates from its own bootable environment. Active@ KillDisk supports 23 security standards including DoD 5220.22-M. Active@ KillDisk erases all data on HDD and USB disks completely (the process removes ALL data from a physical disk(s) or logical drive's surface), also Active@ KillDisk can wipes out all unused space on disks, not touching existing data. Large sized RAIDs (disk arrays) sanitizing supported as well. Ultimate package now includes Windows, Dos, Linux Console, Linux (LiveCD) targets.
What's new in this version:
- Ultimate package: DOS, Windows, Linux, Linux Console targets;
- New Linux packages: 32-bit/64-bit Linux and Console targets;
- Boot Disk Creator allows to setup command line parameters for KillDisk startup;
- Non-blocking erase mode allows to work in parallel erase/wipe sessions.