How to Permanently Delete Files in Windows
So what happens to deleted files by the Recycle Bin?
Most Computer users opt to delete files using the built-in Recycle Bin, little do they realise that these files are not fully deleted from the hard drive.
Files that are deleted to the Recycle Bin remain in there until the you decide to restore them through the Recycle bin or delete a file or files within the Recycle Bin.
Even after deleting files through the Recycle Bin these files are not fully removed from your computer hard drive and remain there, the original path to the file is removed and the file is now hidden from normal view, it could still be recovered or partly recovered using adequate software.
The deleted files will eventually be overwritten by other files as that space now becomes available on the hard drive storage.
So How Should I Delete Files I No Longer Need?
We recommend not using the Recycle Bin, although most users would see the benefit of putting files here and if they change their mind they can restore from the Recycle Bin, this sounds great but if you put them there in the first place do you really need them?
It does mean you have to be decisive, only delete files if you really don’t need them, with the methods we will explain within this blog you will need to be 100% that the file or files need to be deleted 100%, no going back!
Deleting files permanently will offer more security of your files and also free up space on your hard drive rather than using the Recycle Bin which keeps those files there until eventually they are overwritten by other data.
You really would not want your files to be seen by anyone else even more so if your computer or laptop is shared by other people.
File Shredding Software
There are a lot of file shredding or data erasing software on the internet, some are free and some are paid for and even some are included with Antivirus Software Packages.
Some software that you can use for shredding data are fileshredder.org, eraser and CCleaner.
How Do File Shredding Software Work?
File Shredding Software works by means of overwriting data files using overwriting patterns in binary and hex form, this can be done multiple times for added security.
Most companies and government agencies will use data erasing practices to ensure confidential data is destroyed and does not get into the wrong hands, even if you are not a business you can still take steps to protect your data from criminals.
Conclusion Of How To Delete Your Files Permanently
If you want to keep your computer system free of files you don’t need any longer and want to ensure confidential files don’t get into the wrong hands then we suggest a little housekeeping of erasing your unwanted files using proper data erasing software is the best method.
This method is more secure and keeps your computers hard drive clutter free of unwanted files, we often see customers who just delete files using the recycle bin but even more have not fully deleted these files via the recycle bin and they just sit there not being fully deleted? This is like filling a bin and leaving it without it being collected and destroyed.
Keep your computer clean and have a regular clean out of files no longer needed and shred them like you would a paper document.