What is “Subject to Activation”?

While creating the CD/DVD or ISO image, you will see “Subject to Activation” under the Sanitization/Boot Disk label.

This means that, when you boot from the CD/DVD, you will have to enter an Answer key to proceed further. This Answer Key is uniquely associated to a Protection Key that is displayed when you boot from the CD/DVD (each time you boot, another Protection Key is provided that corresponds to a different Answer Key). This Answer Key can be obtained from a special URL provided to you on the screen. Therefore, you must obtain this Answer Key from a web browser on another device (computer, mobile phone, tablet, etc.) with an active Internet connection.

Obtaining an Answer Key when booting from a CD/DVD

When you use a CD/DVD to boot and erase a disk, you will be asked to enter an Answer Key.

IMPORTANT: Do not restart the computer when DisposeSecure is asking for an Answer key. This is because each time you boot your computer a new “Protection Key” is generated and each “Answer Key” is unique for each unique Protection Key.

For getting an Answer Key: leave the computer on the Answer Key prompt and write down the link and the Protection Key that appear on the screen.

Please use an alternative computer or a mobile Internet device to visit the link that appears in the DOS screen and enter the Protection Key on the web page. You will receive an Answer key immediately.

Enter the Answer Key on the computer that you booted using the bootable CD/DVD. You can now continue the sanitization process.