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FAO all, how do you guys delete your files?

By Sanny_U
Sep 11, 2007
  1. Ok, so this might sound stupid, but I would just like to know as how you guys delete your files from your hardrive?

    I mean do you just use the Windows delete (shift + delete keys) to delete the file or folders you want any more or fo use a more secure specialised program to delete your files?

    I am not talking about deleting files in way which there is no chance to recover the data, I am just asking as to how to normally your files and which way is better i.e. windows delete or a special deleting/shreddering software.

    Thanks.
     
  2. avarice

    avarice TS Rookie

    For general purpose file removal, simply highlighting a file and hitting delete on your keyboard should be sufficient. Then go to your recycle bin, and go to File > Empty Recycle Bin.
     
  3. Richtea1955

    Richtea1955 TS Rookie

    I send files to the Recycle bin as avarice above. But then I use CCleaner to clean out the Recycle Bin and anything else that needs cleaning out at the same time. Usually do this before shutting down.

    I also have Eraser installed and use this to delete personal & financial stuff.
     
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,640   +322

    I shift delete most things just so it doesn't sit in my recycle bin forever. I rarely look at just the desktop so I don't notice if there is crap in the recycle bin. Would just assume when I delete something it really gets deleted.

    As for having a something secure deleted, I don't concern myself with that. Why? Because I don't need to hide stuff from myself, and when a hard drive dies on me, it never makes it out to the trash in a usable state.
     
  5. pdyckman@comcas

    pdyckman@comcas TS Rookie Posts: 718

    Your question could be broken down into what type of files we are discussing. Programs that you no longer want usually have an "uninstall" feature. Files in "My Documents" can be delelted from where they are. Usually clutter may remain that "CCleaner" or "System Mechanic" may clean up. It's up to you whether you want to employ a program that overwrites somyhing discarded "7 times" or whatever.
     
  6. Sanny_U

    Sanny_U TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for all of your post guys.
     
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