By Bryce / Last Updated November 20, 2020

Does file really disappear after deletion?

To remove an unwanted file from hard drive, users usually right click it and choose “Deletion”. However, is the deleted file really gone? The answer is negative. The file is just sent to Recycle Bin. And it still located on your hard drive even after you empty the Recycle Bin. With a data recovery tool, the file can be retrieved. To secure erase a file (files) from hard drive, it’s time to employ professional file wipe software.

File wiping software for Windows PC [Free Download]

Here introduces a great file wipe tool, AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard for Windows 10, 8, 7. It’s “Shred Files” function can erase a file by overwriting the space with zero and the wiped file is hard to be retrieved. And it can wipe a file (files) on PC even the PC encounters boot issue because it has "Make Bootable Media" function. You can use it to create a bootable USB/CD/DVD on a working computer and then, you can boot the unbootable PC from the media and delete files.

If you upgrade to AOMEI Partition Assistant to Professional edition, you can make SSD Secure Erase and experience the three more advanced file wiping methods:

☞ Pseudorandom data: Overwrite the space that holds the erased file with random data. It’s more secure than writing zeros.
☞ DoD 5220.22-M: Overwrite with 7 passes: binary zeros + binary ones + a random bit pattern.
☞ Gutmann: Overwrite with 35 passes: random character for the first four + complex pattern from pass 5 to pass 31 + random character for the last four. It is the safest one of the four ways.

✍ Now, you can free download the file wipe software and have a try!

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Detailed steps to wipe a file (files) from hard drive in Windows

After you download and install the disk wiping software, it’s time to check out how to use the software to wipe a file (files) from hard drive with zero-writing.

What you should know before shredding a file (files) from hard drive:

  • To delete a system file, or some files that cannot be closed, enter PreOS mode or WinPE mode to execute such an operation.

  • The files that are compressed or encrypted at the file system level are not allowed to be shredded.

Step 1. In the main interface, go to “All Tools”> “Shred Files”.

Shred Files

Step 2. Now, you are in the “Shred Files” interface, add unwanted files or folder via clicking “Add Files” or “Add Folders”.

Add Files Folders

Step 3. In the “Name” list, you can see all the target files. To remove one or more files from the list, you can untick the item. To view the specific content of the file, you can put the mouse on the file or folder path and double click the path to open it.

Remove Files

Step 4. After files are selected, specify “Write Zero” as the shredding method.

Shred Method

Step 5. Now, you can click “Shred” button. Then, click “Yes” to continue the operation.

Yes

Step 6. After all the added files or folders are removed, the message “All files/folders have been shredded completely” will appear.

Completed

Notices:

  • This file wiping tool can be used to erase a single file (files) from SD card, USB flash drive as well.

  • The tool can wipe all files on a partition or on the entire hard drive via “Wipe Partition” or “Wipe Hard Drive” function.

  • If you are using Windows Server 2019, 2016, 2012 (R2), 2008, or 2003, AOMEI Partition Assistant Server is suitable.