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Delete Personal Files Beyond The Recycle Bin


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#1 Izzy

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 01:53 AM

Can i delete files even after they have been deleted from the recycling bin just that i know that they are still on the hard drive after removing from the bin. Is there like a program i can use to do it?

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Posted 02 May 2006 - 03:24 AM

Spybot S&D has a shredder feature which overwrites files that you choose. It is in the Tools.
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Posted 02 May 2006 - 08:15 AM

Allo Izzy :thumbsup:

A freeware utility called Eraser, available frm Here, will overwrite the free space on your drive several times to make sure any deleted files are totally unrecoverable...
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Posted 02 May 2006 - 08:58 AM

Either application will overwrite deleted files with random alphanumerics. I prefer to use Eraser, because it will not only erase individual files, erase files in your recycle bin from a drop down menu, and will also erase all the free space on your hard drive (this could be a lengthy process). You can determine the number of passes Eraser uses to overwrite, from just a few times to over 25. Habitually, I erase rather than delete all files.
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#5 Izzy

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Posted 03 May 2006 - 01:02 AM

cool, thanks.

But it doesn't help me with files already deleted from the bin though. They are recoverable.

If Eraser can do this, how?

Edited by Izzy, 03 May 2006 - 01:10 AM.


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Posted 03 May 2006 - 11:24 AM

Once a file is deleted in the bin, Windows considers it "unused space" and will eventually overwrite the area with new saved data. To use Eraser, you must first choose the number of passes to use to overwrite unused space and then choose the drive to be done.

Passes. Edit/Preferences/Erasing/Unused disk space. I would advise, unless you have a very small amount of free space on your disk, to use the three-pass option. Make sure the three boxes at the bottom of the panel are checked beneath "Overwrite." Click on OK.

Drive. File/New Task/Data. Check the first box, "unused space on drive" and then the drive you wish to overwrite. Click OK.


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Posted 04 May 2006 - 02:04 AM

thanks.

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 04:14 AM

Hi it's izzy, this topic is closed.

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Posted 27 May 2006 - 05:37 AM

What did you end up using, and how did it work? Any comments about the application?
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Posted 27 May 2006 - 06:46 AM

Oh sorry, i used Erasure. It seemed to do the job without any problems. I think it a good program.




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