Program to shred files already deleted?

This is a security product I wish to have, but I don’t where to find it: A program that scans your disc(s) for traces of deleted files, and then shred all that’s left from them. There is a free program called Recuva, http://www.recuva.com/, it makes the opposite - finds files and recovers them. I’m looking for that kind of simplicity.

Could this be of interest for Comodo? Does anyone know of a program with this functionality today? Preferably a free program :slight_smile:

There’s a v. good one (free) that I use a lot:

http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/

the setting up is simple; it does files, cluster tips, file table and free space. If you use it to max. security it’ll take a long time (35 overwrites) but 7 or even 3 should be sufficient.

HTH,

Peter.

Thanks a lot Peter, I’ve installed the program now - seems to be good - I will run it now with 3 passes :slight_smile:

/Leo

Can a defrag program do the same, including Windows’ own defragmenter?

Only by luck, Soya. Defrag moves quite large chunks at times. Same with writing to disk - some chance but can leave bits that can be retrieved.

Eraser says not to defrag before use, as this can leave bits not Erased (and Eraser seems to work faster on a ‘messy’ disk).

Peter.

I almost forgot how long defraggers take to finish, anyway >:(

Try JKDefrag - you don’t need perfect defrag and better not to do it too often, as it hammers the HD.

http://www.emro.nl/freeware/

contains the basic programme. It’s in .rar format but needs only extracting, not installing (I used UniExtract to subdirectory. BTW, UniExtract is another v. useful utility http://www.legroom.net/software/uniextract

Peter.

“Unfortunately” my hard disc was perfectly defragmented before I used Eraser, but it has worked out good anyway - except for some setup files (actual files, not deleted) for AutoCAD 2007 on my D: partition, which caused Eraser to crash. So I temporarily moved those setup files from D: to C:, successfully “Erased” D: and then moved them back. Now I’m defragmenting it all again.

But you say not to defragment too often? I had no idea of that, is it harmful for the disc(s)? What is your opinion on how often one should defragment?

/Leo

Assuming XP, about once a week or fortnight should do.
Defragging just hammers the HD unnecessarily, that’s all.

Peter.

Ok, thanks again. Now I enjoy the feeling of an even better system - secured by Comodo and improved by Eraser and others :slight_smile:
(Yes, Win XP)

/Leo

But you say not to defragment too often? I had no idea of that, is it harmful for the disc(s)? What is your opinion on how often one should defragment?

Its more stressful on the disc if it has to function when its fragmented. I would say, how often will depend on how much fragmentation you have in there. For some its like a chronic illness, just keeps coming back ( when you use your system for disk intensive tasks, i use my system for photo and video work and the fragmentation is so severe that if i were to ignore it, my system might crawl to a complete halt, maybe freeze ). There are a host of defragmenters that actually function without stressing even the system out. Its almost unlikely that HDDs should be affected by defragmenting.

It’s a balancing act really,if your disk is at the stageof freezing or crashing then you run the risk of it developing bad sectors so defragmenting is the best option every time.