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Windows 7: Is CCleaner free space drive wiper safe?

27 Oct 2012   #1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Is CCleaner free space drive wiper safe?

Okay so I want to use the CCleaner Free Space Wiper... but I don't know if it is safe. Could you give me some advice?

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27 Oct 2012   #2

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit SP 1
 
 

I have used it a number of times and never encountered any problems. I do get a "low disk space" warning every time I run it, but it doesn't cause any problems.
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27 Oct 2012   #3

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I also have use it several times and have never had a problem. Just make sure it states free space only or you will wipe every thing I think.
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27 Oct 2012   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

I have used it several times without any problem as well. Keep in mind that it can take a while to run, depending on the level of overwriting that you choose.
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27 Oct 2012   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64 Bit Service Pk 1
 
 

I never had any issue using it but as someone other mentioned it can actually take hours,dont run it if you have things to do,I would suggest a night time run.
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28 Oct 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Is it normal for it to take up all of my disk space (I only had .10 mb while doing this) than after all of a sudden BLINK! I have 60 gb?
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28 Oct 2012   #7

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I've never used it and can't answer your questions, but I am wondering..........why is this application useful?

I can certainly understand drive wiping, but this wipes only free space and I'm wondering when that might by desirable or practical?

What problem does it solve?
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28 Oct 2012   #8

Windows 7 Professional SP1 64bit
 
 

Um... It deletes deleted files so they can't be used as evidence against you, or so that others can't steal your secret deleted files?
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28 Oct 2012   #9

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

All those things that are deleted are put in $Recycle Bin waiting to be wrote over but not really removed. Wipe Free space does just that writes over them like a clean wipe does before doing a clean install except just the free space which includes $Recycle Bin. One reason as Wrend states it removes what you don't anybody to be able to get and what I use it for is when things like a infection or unwanted cookies are remove. Their/there for I don't use it often. The last time I used it was just after I removed Babylon. I did not want that scum sucking trash to be able to sneak back on my computer. Here is some good information.
Piriform - Changing CCleaner settings
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30 Oct 2012   #10

Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Service Pack 1
 
 

Totally safe to use,but as mentioned, be careful to wipe ONLY free space.It has returned 200 to 300 MB of disk space back.The 35 passes option,takes some time though...
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