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How to Shred Files In Your Hard Drive for Free?

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Shredding is a process of completely removing data from your hard drive. Remember – even if you delete files from your hard disk, the data still remains in the hard disk and could potentially be recovered.

If you’re going to sell your computer’s hard drive, you probably need to shred the files present there because you might have stored sensitive information on there earlier and wouldn’t want anyone to get access to it.

Eraser is a wonderful free files shredder that could do the job of shredding files on your hard drive. You can download it from this page. Here’s a quick how to on how you can use Eraser to shred files in your hard drive easily:

  1. Launch Eraser by clicking on the icon on your desktop
  2. In the Eraser window menu bar, choose File > New Task
  3. To perform file shredding on the free space of your hard drive, leave the first option selected and choose the drive where the shredding should happen
  4. To shred specific folders, select the second option and choose the folders whose files need to be shredded. If you want the files in the selected folder’s subfolders to be shredded too, check the Subfolders option
  5. To shred a particular file, select the third option and browse through to select the file that should be shredded
  6. Click OK
  7. You should see a new task listed in the Eraser window
  8. Now select the task and click the Run icon from the Eraser toolbar. Otherwise, press Ctrl+R
  9. The selected shredding operation will now happen
  10. Alternatively, you can shred files/folders from within Windows Explorer itself by right clicking and choosing Erase.

Hope you found this how to on shredding files on your hard drive helpful. If you’ve got any questions, feel free to ask them in the comments.

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May 29th, 2008 at 1:30 pm

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  • http://technoworld.uni.cc Siddharth

    Thiz is nice tool :)

  • Jake

    For selling a hard drive, I personally would just reformat the drive to a different file system.

  • http://www.online-tech-tips.com Aseem Kishore

    I have yet to ever need to do this, but if I ever do, I will certainly remember this post! Thanks

  • http://www.shankarganesh.com Shankar Ganesh

    @Siddharth Thanks for dropping by.
    @Jake That’s a good tip!
    @Aseem You’re welcome.

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  • http://www.troublefixers.com abhsihek

    looks like a good tool…any idea on what does it do while deleting a file so that it should not be recoverable at all.

    some thing like overwriting those sectors with some junk values?

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  • Elliot

    Hey, this is ace!! Much better than buying a product to do it

    Elliot

    Btw, like the redesign – think its good! :D

  • http://www.shankarganesh.com Shankar Ganesh

    @Abhishek: Yep, I think it overwrites over previously written data. The methods are described in the Help file of the program.
    @Elliot: Thanks Elliot, a major redesign is underway ;)

  • Bikash

    Can anybody tell me how to recover the deleted data from hard drive, Please dont tell me any tools , just tell me how to do this, I have knoweledge in C, Assembly language and little bit of VB
    Can i program to recover deleted data from Hard drive

  • Guy

    Bikash
    to recover deleted files, google search for a program called Recuva

    this will recover your deleted files

  • prajesh

    revo uninstaller might be the alternative

  • http://brazilbrat.blogspot.com/ James Smith João Pessoa, Brazil

    What many do not know is the Macintosh OSX has this feature built into it as part of the OS. Under Applications/Utilities/Disk Utility you can select a drive, then the Erase Tab and in the lower left Erase Free Space. You can also choose the level of erasing you want. The highest (35-pass) will obviously take a while, but even the 7-pass is so thorough that the CIA couldn’t recover the data.

    Just one more reason why Macs cost more to buy but are actually cheaper to own.

  • http://www.softgames.us alyson

    great ideas,Ago I have a problem about shred files in my hard drive ,but today no problem about it. :D
    thanks for sharing

  • Andi

    thanks everyone for taking the time out of many of you’s busy schedule to help other finding answers to this.

  • http://cross-cutting-shredder.com Cross Cutting Shredder

    Reading this i finally took a break from this job. I run a hardware store, and i get kinda stress throughout the day =) your page just provided me a few minutes of relax =] I tried to find a rss feed on your site, so that i could subscribe for some more. Ill be sure to come here more often from now on =]

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  • Shahxaib

    Although It may seem to be a vague question but if answered to any extent that will be helpful. The Question is that How much chances are there for an IT Professional to still find the file shredded with the Eraser?

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