3. Running Active@ KillDisk for DOS
After you purchase Active@ KillDisk, you will receive a zip file named KD-SETUP.zip. This file contains everything you need to set up and run the application.
Double-click on the .zip file to open it up. In the window that opens, click Extract all files. The Extraction Wizard will open. Click Next to continue.
From the Select a Destination dialog, select the location where you want the folder to be placed. Then click Next to extract the files.
Use these files while following the steps to prepare a bootable disk.
Active@ KillDisk for Hard Drives is a powerful utility with a small footprint.
It is small enough to operate from a single USB / floppy drive in a Microsoft DOS environment.
This can be useful in a number of situations. For example, a computer technician who is assigned to erase the data on PCs with hard drives containing Windows operating systems or operating systems other than DOS or Windows, can use a single DOS-bootable USB / floppy to erase all data.
This chapter describes the steps to create a DOS-bootable USB, floppy(a startup disk) and run the utility. If you have a bootable USB / floppy, skip to the Copy Active@ KillDisk to a USB / floppy section, below.
If you want to create a bootable CD ROM, follow instructions in 3.2 Preparing a Bootable CD.
To prepare a bootable USB / floppy from MS-DOS, Windows 95/98/ME/XP, put a blank 3.5-inch USB / floppy in the USB / floppy drive (drive A:) and follow the appropriate instructions below.
Windows 95/98 MS-DOS or Command Prompt Mode
- On the screen, type the format command as follows: FORMAT A: /S
- Follow on-screen messages until process is complete.
Windows 95/98/ME Operating System
- 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 Startup Disk... and follow the screen instructions until the process is complete.
Windows XP Operating System
- 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.
Copy the Active@ KillDisk for Hard Drives file (KILLDISK.EXE) and DOS-extender file (DOS4GW.EXE) to the bootable USB / floppy disk or startup disk in drive A:.
If you don't have the Active@ KillDisk for Hard Drives file, download it from http://www.killdisk.com/downloadfree.htm.
After copying the file onto the USB / floppy, remove it from the USB / floppy drive.
Labelling the Disk
If you plan to use Active@ KillDisk for Hard Drives 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.
Combine all the above steps into one by navigating to our Web site.
Download and run Bootable USB / floppy Disk Creator for Active@ KillDisk.
Once you have installed Active@ KillDisk on the USB / floppy, you are ready to boot from the USB / floppy and use the software for disk erasing.
- Product Overview
- System Requirements for DOS and Windows versions
- Running Active@ KillDisk for DOS
- Preparing a DOS-Bootable floppy,USB
- Preparing a Bootable CD
- Modes of Operation
- Erasing or Wiping Logical Drives (Partitions)
- Erase Operation Complete
- Running Active@ KillDisk for Windows
- Common Questions
- How does the licensing work?
- How is the data erased?
- What is the difference between the Site and Enterprise license?
- Which operating systems are supported by Active@ KillDisk?
- Is Active@ KillDisk compatible with Macintosh computers?
- What to do if I cannot boot from a floppy (USB)?
- Will I be able to use my Hard Disk Drive after Active@ KillDisk erase operation?
- Descriptions of Erase/Wipe Parameters
- Erase/Wipe Methods
- Other Parameters
- Glossary of Terms