Wipe files freeware
Wondering how to permanently delete files from hard drive without recovery? Looking for freeware to completely wipe files? This is the right page.
ByebyeData Eraser Free Edition is able to permanently erase entire disk, entire drive, selected files and folders. As a secure file deletes software, it overwrites each file with standard government erasing algorithms, and it has no limitations on erasing numbers of files that other data sanitation programs in this market have. You can erase as many as you'd like to. Of course, we recommend to erase the entire drive if the volume you're going to erase is full of sensitive data you'd like to remove, also, erase the entire data drive is also free.
Now, let's go through how to permanently wipe files with this freeware:
1. Click Download from the nav menu and download Free Edition of ByebyeData Eraser, wait a few seconds, then upzip the package and install it, then Run it as administrator and click Yes to the UAC window.
2. Click on Files and folders, then Add files, In the opened file explorer, select target file(s), and click Open to add items to the erase list.
3. Check the security column and choose a wiping plan for the files, the default setting is zero filling, also known as one-pass overwrite method, which is the fastest way to secure delete files.
4. Click on Erase Now and Yes to start erasing.
This guide works for Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, 10 home users.
For Windows Server administrators, check the Admin Edition for more information.
Will Format remove deleted files' traces?
No, format is to remove information in the FAT table and create new file system for the drive about to be used. Most of the data recovery program is able to retrieve data from deleted files' clusters before you write no data to the disk.
ByebyeData Eraser Free Edition overwrites all the selected files' sectors with standard wiping methods you chosen from the security column, once it starts to erase, recovery software will only find meaningless binary code.
Can I use this freeware to erase system files?
I'm sorry you can't, once the system files are listed to this freeware, they'll be greyed out and Eraser will fail on this operation.
If you're about to erase the entire operating system, please try the Pro Edition and wipe system from the bootable media, which is the key feature on all the paid editions.
Speaking of the bootable CD, is it command-based?
No, it's WinPE-based, graphically interface like the desktop software, easy to use, easy to ease. But you have to create the ISO file yourself and burn it to the bootable media.