How to Erase Hard Drive Data with Active@ KillDisk Ultimate 12.0.25 WinPE
Active@ KillDisk Ultimate 12.0.25 WinPE is a powerful and easy-to-use tool that allows you to permanently delete all data on hard drives, solid state drives, memory cards and USB drives, SCSI storage and RAID arrays using over 20 international erase methods, including US DoD 5220.22 M[^1^]. It also supports secure UEFI boot on x64 systems and can erase unused sectors in various file systems[^2^]. In this article, we will show you how to use Active@ KillDisk Ultimate 12.0.25 WinPE to erase hard drive data in a few simple steps.
Download Active@ KillDisk Ultimate 12.0.25 WinPE from the official website or any other trusted source and create a bootable media using the Boot Disk Creator[^1^]. You can use a CD/DVD, USB flash drive or an ISO image.
Boot your computer from the bootable media and select Active@ KillDisk from the menu. You will see a list of all detected disks and partitions on your system.
Select the disk or partition that you want to erase and click on the Erase icon on the toolbar. You can also right-click on the disk or partition and choose Erase from the context menu.
Choose the erase method that suits your needs from the drop-down list. You can also customize the erase method by clicking on the Settings button and specifying the number of passes, pattern type and value[^1^].
Click on the Start button to begin the erasing process. You will see a progress bar and a log window showing the details of the operation.
When the erasing process is completed, you will see a confirmation message and a certificate that you can save, print or email[^1^]. You can also view the fingerprint of the erased disk in the Hex Viewer by clicking on the View icon on the toolbar.
Congratulations! You have successfully erased hard drive data with Active@ KillDisk Ultimate 12.0.25 WinPE. You can now safely dispose of or reuse your disk without worrying about data recovery.
If you want to use Active@ KillDisk Ultimate 12.0.25 WinPE in a network PXE boot environment, you need to customize the WinPE image with registered KillDisk and place it into a network boot server. Here are the steps to do that:
Start the Boot Disk Creator from Windows Start menu and prepare a bootable media. For KillDisk settings, fill in the data on App Config page.
Assume that the boot disk media has an F: letter in your environment. Copy the F:\\Boot\\Boot.wim file to your Windows ADK installation folder (e.g. C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Windows Kits\\10\\Assessment and Deployment Kit\\Windows Preinstallation Environment\\amd64\\en-us).
Run the Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment as administrator from Windows Start menu and enter the following commands:
cd \"C:\\Program Files (x86)\\Windows Kits\\10\\Assessment and Deployment Kit\\Windows Preinstallation Environment\\amd64\\en-us\"