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    Erasing files

    I finally found a way to bypass the Recycle Bin, plus the gawd-awful 'Are you sure' popup, and immediately delete stuff. Unfortunately, during the process, I also discovered that deleting files is all a bunch of 'Lets play pretend!' According to the book Visual Quickstart Guide-Windows XP:

    "When you empty the recycle Bin,Windows doesn't erase files, but, rather, marks them as deleted, making them invisable to you and to programs, but leaving their data intact on disk."

    Is there any way to really erase files? I don't mean overwrite deleted files with random data (as with the 'SureDelete' app), I mean actually erase them!

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    Is there any way to really erase files? I don't mean overwrite deleted files with random data (as with the 'SureDelete' app), I mean actually erase them!
    Short answer: No.
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    Clint is right but CCleaner's drive wiper erase empty space tool will make it almost impossible to recover.

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    AVG Free has a Right Click Shred option that also shreds the Recycle Bin.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jwitalka View Post
    Clint is right but CCleaner's drive wiper erase empty space tool will make it almost impossible to recover.

    Jerry
    You can set CCLeaner up to "secure" erase all free space on PC start-up (or maybe even shut-down?), it takes a little longer but they will be gone.
    CCleaner can be setup to "secure" erase the Recycle Bin on start-up or shut-down too.

    Just "delete" to the Recycle Bin then have CCleaner empty the Recycle Bin with a "secure" erase (there are a couple different levels) then run CCleaner on demand or, as I have it setup, on PC start-up. Of course that assumes one shuts down regularly.
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