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jpohio
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windows 10 file shredder

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Please provide suggestions for file shredding programs for Windows 10. I am looking for something that will "shred" sensitive files from my local hard drive.

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Securely deleting files is tricky. A normal delete won't really delete the file (a rough analogy is removing something from a table of contents in a book but leaving the information still in the book).

https://www.techrepublic.com/article/ho ... -software/

Of course downloading something also is a risk in the sense you don't know if the tool has already been compromised. sysinternals are a serious of tools that have been around a while so it should be ok and I would trust them more than the random freeware tools on the internet.
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I used to simply delete the files and then run ccleaner to do a wipe of all the empty space on the drive. That way it was entirely clean. When we did taxes at Taxaide - in the "old days" the tax files stayed on the computer and had to be deleted and the drive wiped periodically.
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If you're trying to do this because you're getting rid of the computer, Windows 10 has a reset feature with options to remove your personal data AND wipe the drive securely. It's not military-grade wiping, but definitely "good enough."
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Sdelete will do exactly what you want, is totally free, and published by Microsoft (acquired when they purchased Mark Russinovich, I mean Sysinternals):

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sysint ... ds/sdelete

In a nutshell, it replaces the entire contents of the file with unreadable gibberish, THEN deletes it. If you've already deleted the file, you can use the -c option to overwrite all free space on the drive with random gibberish.
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If this is a concern to you, you probably have an anti-virus program. I can't speak for them all, but Norton includes a file-shredder with its packages. See if your AV software has one.
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While I am not a software guy- I would assume that there are also temporary files on the drive that may contain part of the contents of the file you want to delete.

So I think the best way would be to delete the file(s) and write something on all of the empty sectors on the hard drive.

(Some really paranoid think you need to write multiple times, but that's only if you fear having your drive taken apart in a clean room and investigated by the CIA).
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I've always used DrillPress 1.0 and tossed into the trashcan. If I'm being really thorough, I also use Hammer 1.0 and distribute pieces through several weeks of trash pickup.
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lthenderson wrote: Fri Jul 10, 2020 3:46 pm I've always used DrillPress 1.0 and tossed into the trashcan. If I'm being really thorough, I also use Hammer 1.0 and distribute pieces through several weeks of trash pickup.
OP did not make it clear whether he wanted to use the drive again after deleting the files.

I agree these approaches work well, although I recommend Hammer 2.0 which is bigger and heavier than Hammer 1.0.

I was once talking to someone from a more corporate environment about to drop several thousand on a degausser. I suggested Hammer 2.0 which would cost 20 bucks or so, and would be enjoyable to boot. However I'm not sure it would be OK with the security auditors.
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Try Bleach Bit (www.bleachbit.com). It's simple and free.
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I use Free File Shredder: https://www.fileshredder.org/ which has 5 options tp pick from.

I use the DoD 5220-22.M option, which makes 3 passes. Very easy to use.

Search for Windows 10 file shredder and you'll find plenty of reviews of available programs.
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Although this is not what you asked for, I recommend encrypting your entire hard drive. This way you don't have to worry about erasing files securely. If you have Windows 10 pro, you can turn on bitlocker. If you have Apple, you can turn on filevault. If you do not trust MS and Apple, you can use veracrypt (free).
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