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How Can I Permanently Erase Sensitive Files from Computer?

Do you think that deleting files from computer by using “Shift+Delete” keys will erase your files permanently from computer? Then you are absolutely wrong files deleted in such manner will still remain on your computer until their space is overwritten with new data. Yes you might be surprised but in most of the cases, deleted files can be recovered with little effort by employing professional data recovery software. In this method of deletion you don’t need to think much if security is not an issue. However, when you don’t want some people to access your financial data or personal records you need to make sure that files are permanently deleted from computer. Otherwise you are risking your safety when you sell your computer or give access of your computer to some third person for specific time.

Methods usually practiced by users to delete data permanently from your computer are:

  • Using “Shift+Delete” keys to erase files forever from computer hard drive
  • Formatting or reformatting hard drive to permanently delete files from computer
  • Reinstalling operating system to clean disk space on computer

Data recovery is still possible even after following above tips because when files are deleted from computer, operating system will merely remove links to the data from Master File Table (MFT). Hence the deleted files are invisible but actual data still remain intact on hard drive of computer. Deleted data can simply be restored by rebuilding its links, so in case of sensitive data it is very essential to overwrite both links to deleted files and file content itself when you want to wipe it forever from your computer. Here is a wonderful hard drive erasing tool called Hard Drive Wipe software to rescue your confidential data from getting misused. This software will permanently delete files from computer beyond recovery by using diverse data shredding patterns in reliable way.

What are key features of Hard Drive Wipe Software?

Drive wipe is an advanced hard drive wiping software specially designed for Windows operating systems. This tool has simple user interface that will help you to wipe your complete hard drive data or of a specific logical drive in order to safely erase your sensitive data from computer forever. Nine different data shredding patterns and disk sanitization standards are used by this drive wipe software to permanently delete computer data. The shredding patterns utilized by this hard drive erasing tool are approved by various government agencies and defense organizations all over the world. You can use this disk wiping software to delete browsing history forever from computer so that others cannot get to know what details you searching from internet.

In addition, it is also possible to delete files permanently from external hard drives, USB drive and FireWire Drives. Using this tool you will be able to delete media files such as photos, video files, audio files and RAW images from XD, SD, SDHC, CF and MMC memory card types in effective manner. This software will let you to permanently delete files from hard drive on Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008 operating systems. With the help of this software, you can completely erase files from Recycle Bin on Windows PC. Fast Zero Overwrite, Random Overwrite, US Navy, NAVSO P-5239-26_RLL, US Department of Defense (DoD 5220.22-M)_DOD Standard 5220.28 STD, North Atlantic Treaty Organization_NATO standard, Peter Gutmann Secure Deletion, German:VSITR-US Department of Defense (DoD 5220.22-M) and Gutmann Method are 9 data shredding patterns used by this software. Disk space will be overwritten by fixed value or by some random value for a number of times depending on the disk shredding pattern which you choose for overwritting when you run this software.

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Steps to delete files permanently from computer:

Step 1: Download and install demo version of delete forever software on your system. A list of validated logical as well as physical drives will be displayed after the successful launching of the software. Select the physical drive if you want to wipe the complete files from computer hard disk otherwise select any logical drive from the list to completely wipe that particular logical drive and then click on “Next” button to continue as shown in Figure 1 below:

Permanently Delete Files from Computer - Main Welcome Screen

Figure 1: Main Welcome screen after successful launching

Step 2: In the next Windows you’ll find different shredding pattern. Select the suitable shredding option and then click on “Next” button to proceed as shown in Figure 2 below:

Permanently Delete Files from Computer - Select appropriate shredding Pattern

Figure 2: Select appropriate shredding Pattern

Step 3: Now, you need to confirm the wiping process. Click on “OK” button to wiping process of selected computer hard disk. As soon as you confirm the wiping process you'll find a Window showing the wiping process in progress as shown in Fig 3 below:

Permanently Delete Files from Computer - The Shredding Progress

Figure 3: The wiping process in progress

Step 4: Upon successful completion of the wiping process a pop up message will be displayed on the Windows screen.


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