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How to shred deleted files selectively

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  1. ste_bran

    ste_bran Thread Starter

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    I searched first, and found several similar things, but none exactly on point.

    I deleted, then emptied the recycle bin of some files i should have shredded. Is there a file recovery tool that will shred files, or a shredder that will allow me to shred deleted files selectively?

    Of course, I could use something like Eraser, or Shredxp, or Digital file shredder, which will allow me to shred all unused space, which includes my deleted files, but what if I don't mind those other deleted files being out there and recoverable?

    I cannot run a recovery program, then shred the files, because the recovery programs i know make a copy of the recovered file, but dont remove the original.

    My ideal product would be a recovery program that would scan for recoverable files, then let me right click on each file i want, and select the option to shred or recover the file. Then i could shred just the ones i want, and leave the rest. But I don't know if such a program really exists! :confused:

    Thank you.
     
  2. fairnooks

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    I don't know that it ever will exist either. People who want to really get rid of a file are going to "shred" it upon deletion and its not going to be an afterthought to dig it out of the sludge, if it still does exist intact just to shred it, so I suspect the demand for such a program would be almost 0 unless it was a great recovery program and people used it mainly for that.
     
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    In the past, I have had shredders that sit by the recycle bin and if you drag a file to them, they shred it. Seems like it was part of another program such as system mechanic or system suite.
     
  4. DCM1519

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    I did a Google search on

    "shredder for individual files" (I did not use the quote marks)

    and it turned up a lot of them. Some are free.
     
  5. Squashman

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    Yep, plenty of utilites that do that as well. You can just individual shred a file that already exists. But if you deleted the file already, you would basically have to recover it first and then securely shred. Otherwise just wipe all your free space and start fresh by securely deleting file as you go.
     
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