How do I permanently delete files from my hard drive?

After I send unwanted files to the recycle bin, then empty the recycle bin, how do I permanently delete those same files from my hard drive?

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Last updated August 22, 2019 Views 7,881 Applies to:

CCleaner has the ability to wipe the freespace.

CCleaner - Free - download from Piriform or FileHippo (below the for fee offer).

CCleaner is our system optimization, privacy and cleaning tool. It removes unused files from your
system - allowing Windows to run faster and freeing up valuable hard disk space. It also cleans
traces of your online activities such as your Internet history. Additionally it contains a fully featured
registry cleaner. But the best part is that it's fast (normally taking less than a second to run) and
contains NO Spyware or Adware! - Includes Drive - Wiper (Tools - Drive Wiper) which has various
levels of securiity wiping free space or the entire drive.

Forums - help for CCleaner here

You can try this or similar utilities.

PC Shredder is one free data removal and file shredder software, can permanently delete files,
folders and make them irrecoverable, completely shredding the files you specify, make it impossible
for anyone to restore deleted information! Prevent your business data, important documents and
personal information from being recovered.

PC Shredder is Freeware. It is free for both personal and commercial use. PC Shredder works on
Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows 2003 Server and Windows Vista. There is no
minimum hardware requirement for PC Shredder to run properly.

Eraser - free - an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove
sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected

Best Free Secure Erase Utility

There are other tools available from Freeware to Commercial Products - BING or Google.

Hope this helps.

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