Top 3 Tools To Permanently Delete Files From Computers

Most people believe that once they delete files and empty their Recycle bin, the files are completely removed from their computer. It’s not true. Maintaining your privacy is not as simple as it may seem at first. It is not enough to press ‘Delete’ button to permanently delete files from your hard drive – your hard drive stores every file you’ve ever deleted.

We have compiled a list of softwares that will help you permanently delete files from the computer.

Secure Delete

This software deletes the file permanently and encrypts it in such a way that when it is recovered it is impossible to decipher it and data recovery is not possible. The installation is easy enough, select appropriate options and you are ready to use this software. Get it here.

Once Secure Delete is installed, you can browse the directories which are to be deleted and once you’ve selected the directory, it will try to delete it number of specified times.

Heidi Eraser

This data erasing software lets you delete and remove sensitive data from your hard disk by overwriting it several times. This method ensures that nobody will be able to get the data back.

Here are some of its features: Eraser is able to wipe files and folders, encrypted files and drives, files from the recycle bin, Internet cache and cookies. It also destroys data from Network files, Floppy Disks, CD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD-RW. It supports FAT32 and NTFS Files Systems. Heidi Eraser works with Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, 2000, XP, Windows 2003 Server and DOS. Get it here.

After installation you can browse through different files and folders and delete the files you no longer want from your hard drive.

Dariks Boot and Nuke (DBAN)

This open source software, securely erases and wipes hard disks and files from your computer without any hope to recover it. This tool is an excellent utility for bulk or emergency data destruction. You can install DBAN to boot from a floppy disk, CD, or USB stick, depending on the computers boot options. It runs on Windows 3.x/95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP. Get it here.

Once DBAN has booted, you’ll see the following screen as shown in above image. Interactive mode allows greater control. To start DBAN in interactive mode, just press ENTER at the DBAN start screen. When DBAN has started, you will be presented with the following screen:

Use the up/down cursor and SPACE keys to select the hard drives and partitions to be wiped. If desired, you can select the pseudo-random number generator, wiping method, verification method and rounds. Each option has explanatory text when it is selected. When you are happy with the selected options, press F10 to start erasing.

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