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Clean up deleted files from hard drive.

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  1. scottline

    scottline Thread Starter

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    Hy Guys,

    I want to remove all of the deleted information off my hard disc without wping my hold disc.

    Could anyone give me advice on what is the best option software wise?

    Obvously I would prefer free software.

    I used a tool before (cant remember the name) but i think it deleted the space on the disc so I couldnt use it again.

    Please help.

    Thanks
     
  2. Frank4d

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  3. scottline

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    Hi,

    I cant open this link.

    Is there anywhere else I can get it?

    Thanks
     
  4. Phantom010

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    I use File Shredder.

    The link provided by Frank4d opens perfectly.
     
  5. scottline

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    Hi,

    Does this delete files already deleted?

    I am not sure why I cant open Franks link, maybe it is because of the internet connection here,

    Thanks
     
  6. scottline

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    There is an option on file shredder to shred free disc space, is this the option i go to?
     
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    You won't be able to delete already deleted files.

    But, you could recover your deleted files first with Recover Files 2. Then delete them again with one of the programs provided above.
     
  8. Frank4d

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    I think your aim is to make already deleted files unrecoverable, so yes.
     
  9. Phantom010

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    Yes, you're right, I had forgotten about that option. I just noticed it could do multiple passes to free disk space like individual files.

    Yes, that would do the trick.
     
  10. scottline

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    But by doing this will I lose my disk space?

    Would it not be better to recover the files first then shred them using disc shredder?

    Thanks
     
  11. Phantom010

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    No, it will free space. No need for Recover Files 2 in this case.
     
  12. scottline

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    The reason I ask is because I used something before and I am sure it deleted my disk space. It might have been this program because I remember ths option. Is there any way or increasing it after this has happened?

    Thanks
     
  13. Phantom010

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    You could run a defrag.
     
  14. scottline

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    Should I use the windows defrag or is there a better one out there.

    How exactly does the defrag work?

    Thanks
     
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