12 Free Software Guarantee to Delete Files Permanently

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Files deleted from your USB thumb drive are not removed immediately; the deleted files are still known to be occupying the space although it is not visible in Windows. Why is that so? Well, when you delete a file, Windows marked that particular sector in your hard disk as free in the registry, the content is removed when a new data is written onto the previous ‘free’ space, therefore if no new data is written, and it is possible to retrieve the ‘deleted’ data.

Who needs this software? If you happened to be sharing your USB flash drive with an IT expert friend and the USB thumb drive used to contain your private files (e.g. homemade video) which were deleted weeks ago, you should definitely try these data remover to avoid any unwanted incident.

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These free software works on all SSD hard disk, SATA hard drive, USB Thumb Drive, Flash Drive, SD Memory Card, Smartphone removable microSD Card and more. Most of them runs on Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 (64-bit desktop). Some do runs on Apple Mac OS X and Linux. Remember, almost nothing is guarantee, everything man made can be unmade.

Eraser – Internet Security and Privacy

Eraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns. Eraser is currently supported under Windows XP (with Service Pack 3), Windows Server 2003 (with Service Pack 2), Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2.

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With these following technology, you can rest asure your

  • Gutmann (35 passes)
  • US DoD 5220.22-M (8-306./E,C & E) (7passes)
  • RCMP TSSIT OPS-II (7 passes)
  • Schneier 7 pass (7 passes)
  • German VSITR (7 passes)
  • US DoD 5220.22-M (8-306./E) (3passes)
  • British HMG IS5 (Enhanced) (3 passes)
  • US Air Force 5020 (3 passes)
  • US Army AR380-I9 (3 passes)
  • Russian GOST P50739-95 (2 passes)
  • British HMG IS5 (Baseline) (1 pass)
  • Pseudorandom Data (1 pass)

HardWipe – Data Sanitization Security Tool

Hardwipe is a slick on-demand data sanitizer for Windows Desktop with a user interface that is both beautiful and a dream to use. Use Hardwipe to permanently erase (or to “hard wipe”) data on disk and portable storage media, thus ensuring that discarded, but sensitive, information can never be recovered by someone else.

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Hardwipe lets you “hard wipe”:

  • Physical Devices
  • Logical Volumes
  • Files & Folders (inc. sub-trees)
  • Windows Recycle Bins
  • Free Drive Space

WipeFile – Erases Files and Folders Secure and Fast

WipeFile overwrites the information completely, so there is no way to undelete the files or reconstruct the file content. WipeFile supports 14 different wipe methods, e.g. two US Navy standards, the standard of the US Department of Defence, US Airforce and the NATO.

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Disk Redactor – Permanently Remove Data

Unlike Disk Wipe, Disk Redactor is a simple data remover tool. It uses a fairly simple technology. Disk Redactor will perform the data shredding task as instructed, this will ensure all data are removed and not recoverable by any other recovery software.

Disk Redactor is a WIPE utility that lets you securely erase any old ( deleted ) files and prevent them from being recovered. All your private sensitive insecurely erased information will be wiped from free unused space on your drives to ensure complete data destruction.

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Hard Disk Scrubber – Secure Delete Utility

Summit’s Hard Disk Scrubber is a Free secure delete program designed to help you permanently destroy sensitive data from your PC. Use Hard Disk Scrubber to overwrite free space on your Windows drives, or to permanently delete files so that they can no longer be recoverred.

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The Hard Disk Scrubber v3 offers new scrub types in addition to Normal, and Heavy that were found in earlier versions of the software. A description of each of these types follows. Each “Scrub Type” is a collection of “Scrub Patterns”. The Hard Disk Scrubber offers 6 different scrub patterns in all. Each pattern is a 512K block of bit data. This data is what is used to overwrite the private data that you are permanently destroying.

  • Normal – Single Pass using Random Pattern
  • Heavy – Three passes, using Zeros, then Ones, then Random
  • Super – Five passes, using Zeros, Ones, Checkerboard Beginning with Zero, Checkerboard Beginning with One, then Random
  • Ultra – DoD prescribed – overwrite, overwrite with 1′s compliment, overwrite random, verify. These 4 steps repeated 3 times.
  • Custom – User-definable Scrub Type. Any patterns in any order for as many passes as needed.

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5 comments on “12 Free Software Guarantee to Delete Files Permanently

  1. Hugo Lim
    Hugo Lim April 2, 2009 at 10:49 am - Reply

    hey. thanks for sharing! good resources indeed!

  2. E
    E November 22, 2010 at 4:34 am - Reply

    Just what I needed. And even I could understand it!
    Thank you.

  3. Rahana
    Rahana June 27, 2011 at 2:23 pm - Reply

    Another good software to delete files permanently with ease is “File Shredder”.Advantage is it’s right click context menu which makes it very convenient.

  4. fdg
    fdg January 16, 2013 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Recommend WBD(Wipe Bad Disk) to erase data permanently on disk with bad sectors fast and reliably.

  5. Levente Szfarli
    Levente Szfarli July 6, 2014 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    “Everything man made can be unmade” – I like that statement. Useful information presented here. Believe it or not I was not aware the fact that USB drives still contained recoverable data after deletion of those.

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