Windows XP help - How do I permanently delete files in Windows?

When You Delete A File In Windows It's Not Really Deleted

When you delete a file in Microsoft Windows it goes into your Recycle Bin. The Recycle Bin temporarily stores your files until you decide to really delete them, or restore them. Free help - how to secure erase It's a kind of a safety-net in the event you change your mind and want your file back. By default, Windows will automatically 'empty' the Recycle Bin when the contents reach 10% of the total available storage space on your hard drive. For most systems this means there can be a lot of old files in the Recycle Bin at any time!

You Can Manually Empty The Recycle Bin By Following These Steps:

  • Find the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop and right-click on it with your mouse button.
  • On the menu that appears, select "empty Recycle Bin"
  • A message will appear asking you to confirm that you really want to delete all the files in the Recycle Bin. If you're sure, choose YES.

Even After Emptying The Recycle Bin Files Aren't Really Gone!

Did you know that even after you empty the Recycle Bin your files and data are still on your hard drive, and still easily accessible to anyone with access to your PC? This is because of how Microsoft Windows 'deletes' files. When Windows deletes your files from the Recycle Bin it does not 'wipe' from your disk, it only removes the location of where your files were from it's File Allocation Table (FAT). Removing the file information from the "FAT" means that Windows no longer recognizes the data as being available, but the data is still on your hard disk and can easily be recovered using recovery software or hacking tools!
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It Is Possible To Fully Erase Your Data For Security And Privacy Reasons

Fortunately for those concerned about their privacy, there are utility programs available to fully and securely wipe old files from your hard drive. These utilities wipe the actual data information from your disk by using complex 'hashing' and encryption that makes your old files and information completely unrecoverable - even by the FBI! It has been rumored (although we have no way of knowing if this is true) that Al-Qaeda used these techniques on computers recovered in Iraq and Pakistan, making it impossible, or at the very least, difficult for the CIA and FBI to recover the data on the computers.






Delete from recycle bin if you dont already know that...but it is still recoverable if the user is computer savvy.
Other ways:

-Soak it in HCl acid.
- Delete files using DBAN. It is effective but erases the entire hard drive.


ok, i tried the HCI acid but now windows won't boot, and the skin is peeling off my fingers LOL!

if your files/data/kiddy porn is THAT secret you should not be using Windows!

Use erasing software before the HCI !

I'm sure that if the FBI or CIA found osama bin laden's hard-drive, they would be able to get ANYTHING out of it.

IF you can do this, what software is safe to use that won't destroy your computer?

All the 'professional' programs are safe, and wont destroy your computer.. You can download them from the net for around $20 (some cost a little more).. i always stay away from the free ones because i dont trust them (spyware, no support, etc)..
I havnt used one in a long time (i got nothing to hide!) or i would tell you which one i used.. but i cant remember now!

Write a quick cmd line script to write the whole drive to ones or zeros your choice

thatl get rid of everything

how do i go about and erase old files from my computer

Okay, so I have some annoying files that I deleted that I really don't want back on (files that caused a mini virus, that stuff) so if I use recovery software, or a hacking system... EVERYTHING including the annoying file will be back on?
Or do I have a choice?


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