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Active@ KillDisk

By Active Data Recovery Software Free to try Editors' Rating

Key Details of Active@ KillDisk

  • Destroy completely hard drive data or data stored on any other type of device
  • Last updated on 01/29/21
  • There has been 1 update within the past 6 months
  • The current version has 0 flags on VirusTotal badge_icon

Editors' Review

Download.com Staff Nov 19, 2013

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.

Full Specifications

What's new in version 13.0

Active@ Boot Disk upgraded to the latest WinPE based on Windows 10 build 2004
Console updated to the latest Linux Kernel and Drivers Set
Ultimate & Linux versions: Active@ LiveCD upgraded to openSUSE 15.2: Linux Kernel 5.3, KDE 5.18
Secure Erase feature for SSD drives

General

Release January 29, 2021
Date Added January 29, 2021
Version 13.0

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Windows 10, Windows 2003, Windows 8, Windows Vista, Windows, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7, Windows XP
Additional Requirements None

Popularity

Total Downloads 1,145,821
Downloads Last Week 53
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Developer's Description

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 24 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. The Ultimate version includes complete Linux Installation instead of just TAR archive. Its console supports Secure Erase - a low level ATA command for hardware erasing.