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If this is the wrong place for this thread, please email where you have moved it to :pray:

I am trying to use Killdisk in DOS and it loads up fine (Anyone who is struggling to get it to run in dos after making the disc/floppy/usb then setting the bios correctly, go back to bios and make sure you are in IDE mode, not RAID mode - had me stumped for about 48 long hours)

The problem I am having is Killdisk only gives me the 'Free' use even though I have paid and registered it so I only have the choice of single pass in DOS but I do have multiple pass option in Windows.

Has anyone here had the some problem and how did they get over it please?

Many thanks for your time.
 

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Re: Trying to use [email protected] in DOS

Haven't encountered that, but I only eer do single pass. A single pass wipe is every bit as effective as a multi pass. With either, disassembly and reading track edges with a magnetic imaging microscope can reveal some analog remnants that can be interpreted as bits, but the cost is prohibitive unless you have some reason to come up on the governement's radar. That still doesn't help with the fact you paid for it and should be able to use it tho. Is there some place to insert a license key file or something when building the disk? Did you build the disk AFTER you had registered the win version?
 

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Re: Trying to use [email protected] in DOS

...unless you have some reason to come up on the governement's radar.
lol, not yet though I am planning on putting in some expenses applications for when I had to walk the 500 yards to the polling station last election - I don't want the media checking my HDD's for a bath plug reciept or when I had my moat with the duck house cleaned. :rolleyes:

That still doesn't help with the fact you paid for it and should be able to use it tho.
This is the main reason I want the use of it, one of those stupid 'it's mine so I want to use it whether I need to or not' scenarios :grin:


Is there some place to insert a license key file or something when building the disk? Did you build the disk AFTER you had registered the win version?
I DL'd the programme and installed it, entered my registration key then made the DOS boot up CD - the machine had been turned off before making the CD so I know the registries are up to date. I made the CD by using NERO to burn the .ISO file to it.
 

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Re: Trying to use [email protected] in DOS

LOL, don't worry about the media reading anything after a single pass. We do computer forensics and data recovery. A single pass wipe will leave the drive effectively wiped. While extrordinary efforts ( read cost many times the total cost of all the gear I have in our clean room ) might be able to recover some random data it is just that a byte here and a byte there... rarely anything even close to useful. Contrary to popular belief,, there is no 'magic tool' that can read raw platters. The data isn't really written as ones and zeros, it is written as an analog signal and interpreted by the drive electronics based on the changes in that wave. Each drive manufacturer uses a different method of reading and writing that signal. Here is some basic information - an interesting read if you want to understand better. PCGuide - Ref - Hard Disk Data Encoding and Decoding
 

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Re: Trying to use [email protected] in DOS

Cheers for that info,

I've been gone a while as I did a single pass on four 1TB HDD's, about 11hours each, would be funny if someone HAD to do a gutman35 on one lol.

Now got them set back up again and all is working fine, my biggest concern was windows picking up bits from the previous install across a 4disk-RAID5 which I have split down to just a 3disk-RAID5 & 1disk

When I first mucked the partition up on the 4disk RAID5 I had to take a disk out to use (as my spare disks wouldn't work) and I was shocked as to how perfect the 3 remaining disks looked in the array, most definately using RAID 5 all the time now as it was a life saver.

Cheers for your time :smile:
 
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