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Permanently delete references to deleted files?


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#1 GoshenBleeping

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 03:37 PM

Over time I delete lots of files and folders. I usually use the 'Control-Delete' trick to "permanently" delete the files. However my understanding is that although this method may remove the file reference from the Windows file catalog, they files still may exist on the hard drive. And appropriate tools can recover these lost files. For example, using Recuva, one can see lots of references to files that I had previously deleted using the 'Control-Delete' trick. I would like to delete all of these references. Is there a tool that can scan the system and delete all references to these deleted files? I tried using Ccleaner, but this tool does not delete these references (unless I am using it incorrectly?). Anything else?

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 03:41 PM

CCleaner has this guide on how to do so, the first method detailing how to alter the settings so it does it automatically.
The second method is just to wipe the data manually, so you can do it on a case by case basis.

Edited by akaUriel, 17 July 2012 - 03:42 PM.


#3 GoshenBleeping

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 03:43 PM

Wow - that was a fast reply. I just posted the question.

I did not realize that wiping the free space would delete these references. Thank you.

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Posted 17 July 2012 - 03:45 PM

No problem, at the bottom of the article are the limitations of the free space wipe it provides.
They don't seem like they would be of too much concern, but you should make sure to read them to get a good handle on the nature of your privacy.

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 07:25 AM

Use "eraser" it's a great program to delete files on your widows OS and if you need to securely delete your hard drive use DBan (boot and nuke)

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Posted 18 July 2012 - 07:25 AM

Eraser will overwrite files instead of deleting them, but you must be extremely cautions about using it, since the files are not recoverable:
http://www.tolvanen.com/eraser/
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