How Can You Make Sure Your Files Are Deleted Forever?

ROFL 21-02-2015

So, you’ve just deleted a file How to Delete a File in Use by Another Program Windows says your file is in use because it's open in another program? We show you how to force rename, delete, or move the file. Read More . Congratulations, that file is no longer a part of your life. Or so you thought! As it turns out, deleting files doesn’t actually mean they are gone forever How to Securely Delete Files From Your HDD or SSD in Windows Did you know files never actually get deleted? That's why they can be recovered; by you or someone else. If this makes you feel uncomfortable, learn how to securely delete files. Read More . Instead, you need to jump through some hoops to make sure they’re really gone for good!

It sounds more complicated than it actually is, as this infographic shows you.

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    March 29, 2016 at 5:05 am

    Nice information. very useful

  2. scott
    February 22, 2015 at 12:51 am

    parted magic i also got that mounted to a micro sd 8gb for emergence like recovering or cloning a hard drive use that 8 week ago to recover my brother windows 7 laptop hard drive and made a clone of it to and save some important data off it to the nas drive useful tool ever. I love linux i'm a linux user been using it for 4 to 5 years now and i find using bitbleach useful with gparted and the testdisk fdisk command are good tools to use for recovering data.

  3. scott
    February 22, 2015 at 12:28 am

    I would just encrypt the file or data then delete it using bitbleach that if setup right it will overwrite the data with null data and then delete it. also hit it with a hammer to it like salt grain to the platter or if it a ssd do the same but to the silicon chips and board or just don't do anythink on the storage device that you don't want people to see.

    February 21, 2015 at 11:21 pm

    Am I the only one here who wants "How Can You Make Sure Your Files Lives Forever For Free?"

  5. Bee
    February 21, 2015 at 11:15 pm

    Instead of phisically distroying a hard/ssd drive, what about filling it nulled data, like the same video 100 times, until it's full and can't take no more files. Won't this overwrite anything that was delete before? My 2 cents.

  6. jeff
    February 21, 2015 at 3:53 pm

    Therese, download recuva install on a seperate hard drive, recover to a separate hard drive.

    Other than that you're looking at forensic techniques which cost either time (sift) or money (encase).

  7. Nuala
    February 21, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    These free solutions all seem to only work if you have not yet deleted the file and emptied the recycle bin. Over the years, I've surely deleted lots of files that are still hiding somewhere on the hard drive. How do I erase those forever?

    • Paul H.
      February 22, 2015 at 6:05 pm

      Try using " Privazer "; it's free and works.

  8. therese
    February 21, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Recover FILES deleted from the recycle bin is what i meant to say.

  9. therese
    February 21, 2015 at 12:10 pm

    Now this answers my question in permanently deleting data.

    But i still want to know the reverse on HOW TO ACCESS & RECOVER FILED DELETED FROM THE RECYCLE BIN?

    Do you have a blog about this topic?

  10. Der Thor
    February 21, 2015 at 11:58 am

    Uh.. dumb-ass I am..Blowtorch OLD.

    Oh.. and this does obviously not apply to memory based media (SD, SSD).

  11. Der Thor
    February 21, 2015 at 11:56 am

    And... you're wrong.

    See, when you write on _magnetic_ media, there is always a signature residue from what was there before. Forensic techniques moving the platters to a reading unit with narrower read-heads than the heads used to write the data and offsetting the heads to either side of the signature centre allows you to read _several_ generations of data from that point.

    If you want to be 100% sure that your data has been deleted you do this simple trick:
    a) buy another hard drive
    b) copy want-to-keep files from hard drive OLD to hard drive NEW
    c) replace OLD with NEW
    d) (blow)torch NEW and keep it burning until you have a pool of molten aluminium.
    e) rejoice.

  12. Dan
    February 21, 2015 at 10:44 am

    For SSD drives, I'd recommend whole disk encryption during installation. Or if the OS has already been installed, encrypt it before copying/saving any sensitive files.

  13. eric jay
    February 21, 2015 at 9:23 am

    By the way in deleting a file/s, you can do it with SHIFT+DELETE. That way you don't have to visit recycle bin to rid if off and it'll not consume any space too whereas while it sits in the recycle bin it still consumes space. And then continue using a program to permanently delete files. Happy deleting, and recovering if you accidentally delete one =)