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Windows 7: Delete files permanently

27 Aug 2010   #1

7 Home Premium X64
Delete files permanently

Hey guys,

Wonder if anyone knows of some freeware software that can permanently delete selected files/folders?..rather than just sending them to the recycle bin because we all know they don't really get deleted....just get made invisible so they dont show up anymore and still actualy take up some disk space.

Reason i want to delete them permanently is so they are no longer using up precious space on my SSD. :P


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27 Aug 2010   #2

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)


This one's free - Web-Link


Delete Files And Folders Permanently With Eraser

Most people use the default Delete functionality to delete their files. Some use Shift+Delete hotkey to remove the file both from their hard disk and recycle bin. Many users know that the file when deleted from the hard disk can still be recovered as we have reviewed such recovery software before(FileUndelete, Recuva, and DiskDigger).
Also there are some tools that erase the data from the disk in such a way as to make them unrecoverable, RightDelete is one example.
Eraser is however the only complete tool which can delete the files permanently and make them unrecoverable. Why complete? Because apart from the context menu option, it provides a complete user interface to schedule delete the data, monitor process, and access bunch of useful settings which can come handy depending on various situations. Another important reason why I like to call it complete is the availability of 14 different methods to delete a data.

To permanently delete a file with Eraser, right-click the file/folder and select Eraser option. Here you can either choose to Erase the data now or on restart. Once Eraser starts deleting the files, you are notified immediately by a notification window and an animated system tray icon.
Double-click the system tray icon and you will see the main interface of Eraser from where you can always cancel the task, view log, etc. You can also create a manual task that contains the defined data and choose it to run on specified time.

Please note that since it overwrites the sector of the hard disk with junk data over and over again, the process of deleting the files permanently with Eraser takes some time. It might be faster or slower depending on your system and the number of files and folders.
Hit Settings and you can choose the Erase Settings from here. By default it uses Gutmann(35 passes) erase method but can be changed to any of one of the 14 given methods. You can also select to force a locked file/folder to be erased and choose to replace the erased files with any other files.

Below the Erase Settings you will find the Scheduler settings, useful for those who run Eraser on schedule. Also there is an option to enable/disable given plugins. All in all, it is one complete utility to permanently delete your confidential data without worrying about it being recovered. It does not slow down the system performance in any way(except while removing the files) and works seamlessly.
Download Eraser
It works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7.
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27 Aug 2010   #3

7 Home Premium X64

Nice one thanks,I did look on google of course for one first but id rather have one recommended to me just so i know that its good and safe to use :)
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25 Mar 2012   #4

Linux, Windows XP

To Remove the Data permanently from your System please use the below link
TheTechnicalstuff » Delete (destroy) files forever
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25 Mar 2012   #5

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They don't really take up disk space when deleted. They will be overwritten when the space is needed again.
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25 Mar 2012   #6
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

As kado897 mentioned, the SSD will just "forget" the link to the deleted date, it will still be there and should eventually be overwritten by garbage collecting, or trim.. If you use a secure erase program on your SSD, it will only cause more read/writes, and have more negative effect then leaving the deleted files as is. It will not overwrite the deleted data, as SSD's use a randomization method. In fact, even if you used a secure erase program, it likely can't access the over provisioned space and the data will be stored there. I suggest you just leave it be, let the SSD manage it. here is some interesting reading.

Ask Ars: How can I securely erase the data from my SSD drive?

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27 Mar 2012   #7

Windows 7

I have gone through the way of Lomai...try using this hope you get your solution and delete the files permanently...
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12 Apr 2012   #8

Windows XP

I have another question "Lomai".

Since it is deleting data from a certain part of HDD and rewrite it this portion with junk so that it cannot be recovered but i was wondering does it also remove the Junk data so that the available space can be increased?
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12 Apr 2012   #9

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by henrywilliams View Post
I have another question "Lomai".

Since it is deleting data from a certain part of HDD and rewrite it this portion with junk so that it cannot be recovered but i was wondering does it also remove the Junk data so that the available space can be increased?
There is no loss of available space.

The space previously occupied by the file is overwritten with "junk".

The space is still available for use. The "junk" will be overwritten by new data/new files over time as needed.
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