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Windows 7: Looking for a good, FREE file and folder shredding program

02 Sep 2014   #1
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 
Looking for a good, FREE file and folder shredding program

I've got someone who asked me and now I'm asking you guys.

A FREE program, reputable and safe, that can be used to overwrite files and folders to securely erase them.

Tried searching the thread above (Search This Thread), but nothing came up.


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03 Sep 2014   #2
adubs1989

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

I suggest Recuva, made by the same people that made CCleaner. Does both recover files, and overwrite them. https://www.piriform.com/recuva
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03 Sep 2014   #3
Stephanie

Win 7 Pro x64, Win 10 Pro x64, Linux Light x86
 
 

Hi TVeblen

If you need a secure delete try Eraser (freeware) and integrates in your right click, you can also choose how many overwrite passes it makes.

Eraser | Internet Security and Privacy
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03 Sep 2014   #4
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Hey, great suggestions. Thank you folks!
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03 Sep 2014   #5
Callender

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 
Suggestions

Personally I use:

Blank And Secure

To overwrite directories or files.

Sdelete to wipe free space on any drive as it usually only requires one pass:

SDelete - it's a command line tool. I use Run-Command 2.33 Alternative to standard Windows Run-Dialog to save commands to favorites and run them from the GHI.

To wipe unallocated space:

Wipe data on unallocated space for free.

Also don't forget that if you want a file to be gone for good there are issues with System Restore Points or Volume Shadow Copies.
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03 Sep 2014   #6
Tookeri

Windows 7 Pro 32
 
 

For SDelete there's a great tutorial by Brink to add options for it to the Context Menu of Files and Folders (option one):
Permanently Delete - Add to Context Menu

I've used Eraser without problems (SSD with few passes/overwrites). But I've read that some people have problems with it.
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03 Sep 2014   #7
TVeblen

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 64 Bit Home Premium SP1
 
 

Great stuff. I think I've got what she needs now. Thanks all!
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