Using CMD.EXE to remove/format deleted files so they cannot be recovered

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mattvot

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I remember some while back i used a command in cmd.exe that formats/erases deleted files, but then my computer broke (not related) and i got a new one 6 months later, but i forgot the command, does anyone happen to know it, hardly anybody does, I seem to think it is like 'c /w:d:\' or something like that, please help.

This is true and it does work, i've just forgot it
 

WhitPhil

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AFAIK there is no native "dos" command that "wipes" files such that they can't be undeleted.
 

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Erase does the same function as the Del command and, all it does is delete a file(s).

Any reputable undelete program can still restore it!
 

mattvot

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there definatly is, when u run the command it used astrik's (*) to show the progress
 

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Well, as I said, I don't believe that there is a native DOS command that does it.

Why do you want to use a DOS command? There are many Windows apps that will perform that function.
 

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Killbox will get around issues when Windows can't natively delete a file (in use, etc), but at the end of the day (AFAIK) the file is "just" deleted and not "wiped" to stop subsequent UNdeletion.
 

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The asterisks were probably 'wildcard' characters, so the command could delete files without naming them individually.

DEL d:\*.* will delete all the files in the root of D drive/partition,
DEL /S d:\*.* will delete all files in root and sub-folders too.

Please don't try this at home :eek:
 
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But it was said to show the progress with the asterisks that should look like this as it goes thru ***************.

It isnot the command switch shown.

I still think it is a program.
 

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As far as I know there is no MsDOS command that will remove hard drive data and make it unrecoverable. That includes "del", "deltree", "erase", "format", "fdisk" and any others I can think of..
 
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