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Linux Console

4.2 Interactive, Command Line and Batch Modes

Active@ KillDisk for Linux (Console) can be used two ways:

  • Interactive Mode
  • Command Line and Batch Mode

Interactive Mode

The steps for erasing data and wiping data are similar. Follow steps 1 through 10 and then click the link to complete either the erasing process or the wiping process.

If you are booting from a CD/DVD-ROM drive, check that the drive has boot priority in the BIOS settings of your computer.

Steps for interactive operation:

  1. Start Active@ KillDisk either from a bootable CD/DVD, a USB device, or the Start menu.
  2. The Local System Devices screen appears.

Detected Physical Devices

All system physical devices and logical partitions are displayed in a list.

Hard drive devices are numbered by the system BIOS. A system with a single hard drive shows as number /dev/sda. Subsequent hard drive devices are numbered consecutively. For example the second device will be shown as /dev/sdb.

To move a focus between panels (Devices, Properties, Event Log) use TAB and ALT+TAB keys. To display a menu, press F1. To refresh disks, press F5.

Select a device using arrows and read the detailed information about the device in the right pane. Below the device, select a logical partition. The information in the right pane changes.

Be certain that the drive you are selecting is the one that you want to erase or wipe. If you choose to erase, all data will be permanently erased with no chance for recovery.

To preview the sectors on a physical disk or on a volume (logical disk) , select it and press CTRL+P, or choose Hex Preview from the View menu. The Hex Preview panel appears.

Data Viewer

To scroll up and down , use the keyboard navigation arrow keys PAGE UP, PAGE DOWN, HOME and END, or use the related buttons on the toolbar.

To jump to a specific sector , move a cursor to a Sector field and type the sector number, or use arrows. When you are satisfied with the identification of the device, close the Hex Preview panel (CTRL+P or CTRL+F).

To preview the files in a logical disk , select the volume and press ENTER. KillDisk scans the directories for the partition. The Folders and Files screen appears.

Files Preview

Press TAB to move between panels.

To select an item in the list , use PAGE DOWN, PAGE UP or the up or down arrow keys.

To open a folder , select it and press ENTER. KillDisk scans the system records for this folder. The files in the folder appear in the right panel.

Existing files and folders are displayed in grey color and deleted files and folders are displayed in black. If you are wiping data from unoccupied areas, the black -colored file names are removed after the wiping process completes.

You may use the Hex Preview mode to inspect the work done by the wiping process. After wiping, the data in these areas and the places these files hold in the root records or other system records are gone.

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Linux Console

Active@ KillDisk Linux Console

Destroy all data on hard disks, SSD & USB

Active@ KillDisk Linux Console is an easy-to use & compact utility that allows to sanitize storage media using more than 23 international data sanitizing standards. It erases permanently all data on Hard Disks, Camera Flash Cards & USB disks, SCSI storage & RAID disk arrays even in parallel mode (several disks at the same time).

Linux Console application:

Tiny and fast utility for any PC:
1.3MB storage space for executable
64MB RAM for execution
Bootable CD/USB to start from

What is Disk Erase? This process removes ALL data from a physical disk(s) or logical drive’s surface. more

What is Disk Wipe? This is a process where all UNUSED data is removed from a logical drive’s surface. more

Active@ KillDisk 9.0 (Linux):

  1. Freeware package:
    • One Pass Zeros erase method supported in freeware version
    • Erases all data on hard disk drives, SSD & USB disks completely
    • Wipes out all unused space on disks, not touching existing data
  1. Professional package:
    • Supports 23 security standards including DoD 5220.22-M
    • Includes bootable ISO image & boot disk creators for Linux platforms
    • Supports Verification, Batch Mode, Certificate customization, PC Shutdown after completion
    • Distributed as a TAR archive containing Linux GUI & Console executables, bootable disk creators, bootable CD ISO image, license agreement and documentation in PDF format


Features Freeware Professional
True parallel erasing of several disks at the same time, independent sessions New!
Boot Disk Creator can pre-configure KillDisk startup using Command Line params New!
Universal Boot Disk Creator for CD/USB media for Windows, Linux & DOS targets New!
Fingerprint (date, erase method & status) can be placed to first disk’s sector New!
Comments can be easily added to custom certificate for each erasing session New!
Latest Active@ Boot Disk Lite (WinPE-based) & Active@ LiveCD (Linux-based) New
in Ultimate Pack!
Linux-based boot disk (LiveCD) supports UEFI secure boot on x86 & x64 systems New
in Ultimate Pack!
User defined method can specify overwrite mask for each pass using hex symbols New!
Supports large-size disks (more than 4TB) & disks having 4kb sector size New!
Supports both MBR & GPT style disk partitioning
Certificate can be displayed after erase/wipe completion and saved as HTML
Erase/Wipe Certificate can be customized with a Logo and Technician info
Command line options added to support certificate and log file options
Securely overwrites and destroys all data on physical disks or logical partitions
Erases partitions, logical drives and unused disk space
Supports IDE / SATA / eSATA / external USB / SCSI hard disk drives
Supports Solid State Drives (SSD), LUN, RAID disk arrays
Supports fixed disks, USB Flash, Floppies, Zip drives, SanDisk & CompactFlash
Supports Batch mode (can be run from the Command Line with no user interaction)
Operates from any bootable media: USB disks or bootable CD/DVD/BD discs
Erasing report can be saved as a text file & exported in XML format
Support for previewing & wiping Apple HFS+, Linux Ext2/Ext3/Ext4, Unix UFS & exFAT
Scans NTFS/FAT/exFAT/HFS+/UFS/UDF/Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 volumes, displays files & folders
Data verification may be performed after erasing is completed
Built-in Hex Viewer allows you to inspect raw disk’s sectors and file clusters
Displays detected physical disk’s and partition information
Wipes out NTFS/FAT/exFAT/HFS+/ExtFs volumes from areas containing deleted and unused data
Wipes out free clusters (clusters not being used by file data)
Wipes out file slack space (unused bytes in the file’s last cluster)
Wipes out deleted MFT records, Directory entries and other system records
Wipes out unused space in any MFT records and compressed clusters
Portability provided with settings stored in INI file instead of local registry
Option to save log & shutdown PC option after erase completed

Supports 22 standards plus User Defined method:

Erases with one-pass zeros
Erases with one-pass random characters
Erases with user defined method, using specified number of passes and custom pattern (including hex values) for each pass New!
US Department of Defense 5220.22 M
US Department of Defense 5220.22 M (ECE)
US Department of Energy M205.1-2 New!
US Army AR380-19
US Air Force 5020
Navso P-5329-26 (MFM)
Navso P-5329-26 (RL)
Canadian OPS-II
Canadian CSEC ITSG-06 New!
HMG IS5 Baseline
HMG IS5 Enhanced
German VISTR
Bruce Schneier
Gutmann’s method
Russian GOST p50739-95
NIST 800-88 1 standard
NIST 800-88 2 standard
NIST 800-88 3 standard
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