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Active KillDisk help

by ThumperSD / February 21, 2010 3:46 AM PST

I downloaded Active KillDisk to wipe out my Seagate external HDD so that I can sell it without worrying about identity theft.

I used the "Kill" function and I'm not sure what the difference between that and the "Wipe" function is.

After 16 hours, it finally "Killed" the hard drive. Now when I plug in the hard drive via USB, my computer recognizes it when I plug it in and it powers on, but it no longer displays the partition on explorer.

What am I supposed to do now? Do I still have to use the "Wipe" function for it to prevent data from being restored? I wish they would post more information on this because there are NO instructions whatsoever.

Thanks in advance.

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In the absence of further instructions, I'd partition the
by VAPCMD / February 21, 2010 4:03 AM PST
In reply to: Active KillDisk help

disk and quick format it. Then I'd run something like 'RECUVA' or any other free DATA RECOVERY TOOL to see what it turns up.

If it finds and recovers nothing ... then you should be probably safe to get rid of it.

Let us know how it turns out..


PS...I use 'Wipe Drive' by White Canyon to 'wipe' drives.

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by ThumperSD / February 21, 2010 4:28 AM PST

How do I format it if I don't even see the partition on explorer?

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Just a guess.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 21, 2010 4:42 AM PST
In reply to: killdisk

I've never done this so I am just assuming the process.

The hard drive is now not formatted, so it won't appear in Windows Explorer. But it should list in Windows' Disk Management. From there you should be able to select it, then format it.

Then, as suggested, use a utility like Recuva to make sure nothing can be found.

I'm also assuming you are using Windows. If so, head over to the Control Panel, Administrative tools > Computer Management > Disk Management


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by ThumperSD / February 21, 2010 5:15 AM PST
In reply to: Just a guess.

The drive/partition does not even show up on disk management, I tried that earlier. When I plug in the device, however, my USB safely remove program indicates that the drive has been plugged in. The drive also powers up.

I just do not know a way to format it.

I wonder why this company would be so vague with the instructions. It only take 5-10 minutes to write some simple directions.

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(NT) Don't see any 'unallocated' disk space ?
by VAPCMD / February 21, 2010 5:44 AM PST
In reply to: Killdisk
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As Mark indicated ...Windows 'Disk Management'..it's
by VAPCMD / February 21, 2010 5:42 AM PST
In reply to: killdisk

quick and easy.


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by ThumperSD / February 21, 2010 5:48 AM PST


What do you mean??
Please elaborate...

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When you look under Windows "Disk Management"
by VAPCMD / February 21, 2010 6:12 AM PST
In reply to: What???

do you see a drive (the external) indicating 'unallocated space' ?


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by ThumperSD / February 21, 2010 6:31 AM PST

Yes I see the disk now in allocated space. There is no option for "format." The options are convert to dynamic disk or convert to GPT disk

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(NT) And you can or cannot see the drive under Windows Explorer ?
by VAPCMD / February 21, 2010 7:39 AM PST
In reply to: Killdisk
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by ThumperSD / February 21, 2010 7:51 AM PST

Your message is blank. What do you mean?

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It was merely a question ....
by VAPCMD / February 22, 2010 10:27 AM PST
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"And you can or cannot see the drive under Windows Explorer ?"

But not knowing exactly how KillDisk works either ... or the exact status of disk at the end of the Kill Disk process ... I was trying to help you get to a point where you could access to the drive to check for any data residue using RECUVA.

Knowing the disk status under Windows 'Explorer' and Windows 'Disk Management' gives those trying to help some sense of the current status and possible options.


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by ThumperSD / February 21, 2010 9:51 AM PST
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Please help me out!!

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by ThumperSD / February 21, 2010 12:16 PM PST
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I think we're going off course here
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / February 21, 2010 7:17 PM PST
In reply to: Anybody?

Your intention was to wipe all the data off so you can sell the disk.

Well if Windows Explorer cannot see the disk, and Disk Management cannot format it, then it is most likely everything is gone for good. You have done what you set out to do.

If you want to know more about setting up an 'unallocated' disk, you could read through the Elder Geek's guidance in the link below;

It is not precisely the same as your situation, but the general steps are there, and you should be able to follow through what he has done to see how to prepare a disk.


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by ThumperSD / February 22, 2010 4:17 AM PST

Thanks for the response Mark, but I just can't seem to find the "Create new partition" option anywhere.

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by ThumperSD / February 22, 2010 4:22 AM PST

I figured it out.

Thanks for the help

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The Solution (for anyone that can't)
by triaxiom / November 20, 2010 7:59 PM PST
In reply to: Nevermind

Start / Control Panel / administrative tools / disk management
Windows Icon / Search bar type "Disk Management"

You should be asked via pop-up if you want to initialize the disk, do so with the selected option (not GUID), then it should also prompt you to format the disk, do so. If not, right click on the new disk and choose format. I recommend NTFS.

A rough guide as I've forgotten what exactly happened, but hopefully it'll help anyone else that used the killdisk utility.

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