Wiping files that have already been Deleted

By Mike_Gore
Mar 28, 2007
  1. I can't seem to find an answer to this question.

    If we have a file, and then we delete it, we have a recoverable file. To make the deletion permanent, we would have to wipe the entire free space of the hard drive. This is time consuming and seems unnecessary to me. The hard disk is brand new, and have only used a small amount of the disk space. To be wiping the entire disk just for one or two files seem absurd.

    My question is, is there a way(a program/utililty whatever), that can find the file that has been deleted(its location/sector/cluster) and wipe only that specific (area/file) making it unrecoverable?

    I don't want a wiping utility that just wipes, there are many out there, I'm looking for what will answer my question.

    It seems once you make the mistake of not deleting the file by wiping, you've lost your chance, and now you have to wipe the entire free space.

    I would greatly appreciate any answer.


  2. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    google for a utility that has a Secure Delete;

    this will FIRST rewrite the existing space taken by the file and THEN perform
    the delete.

    I have OpenPGP from FileAssurity which has this as well as the PGP features.
  3. Mike_Gore

    Mike_Gore TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Thanks for your reply.

    I had googled for secure delete utilities. I have found many wiping programs. But the problem is I haven't found an utility that can find a file that has been deleted (its location/sector/cluster) and wipe only that specific (area/file) making it unrecoverable? Since I haven't found any answer, the only solution, is that I wipe the entire free space of the new hard drive (which I haven't even used much), which I do not want (its brand new).

    As I said I haven't been able to find an answer.

  4. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 8,945   +584

    yep -- you're a day late and a dollar short there. Your only choice now is to
    wipe the freespace.

    Next time, use some utility per the above (eg: plan ahead :) )
  5. Po`Girl

    Po`Girl TS Rookie Posts: 595

    Please tell us what the file was.Is it financial,pornographic,or terroristic :unch:
  6. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    norton utilites 2003 will wipe both free space and files.

    Spybot search and destroy has a wipe tool for files only.
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