Use Hardwipe to permanently erase (or "hard wipe") data on disk and portable storage media, ensuring that discarded, but sensitive, information can never be recovered by someone else.

Hardwipe can not only erase drives and USB media, but can also sanitize the Windows Recycle Bin, overwrite selected files and folders, and clean unused drive space of unwanted remenant data. Furthermore, you can run Hardwipe as a standard-alone application, or use its convenient "right-click" context menus from within the Windows File Explorer.

It also provides overwrite verification, audit logging, and supports all major sanitization schemes, including:

  • GOST R 50739-95
  • DOD 5220.22-M
  • Schneier
  • Gutmann


Hardwipe lets you "hard wipe":

  • Physical Devices
  • Logical Volumes
  • Files & Folders (inc. sub-trees)
  • Windows Recycler Bins
  • Unused Drive Space

Features also include:

  • Explorer "right-click" context menus
  • Overwrite verification
  • Visual audit log of sanitization tasks
  • Background mode for lengthy tasks
  • Automatic computer shutdown on task completion
  • Multilingual support with additional language packs

What's New:

  • Installer update to deploy application for all users
  • Bug fix: Shell context menus not installing correctly on some machines (related to above change)