When you absolutely positively need a file to be gone from your system, never to come back from the grave again, you need a secure delete utility in your arsenal. Today Shannon investigates just that, in this week's Snubs Report
First up, a command-line tool from Microsoft. Sdelete has all the switches and arguments to turn a file into a steaming pile of random bits. It'll even nix NTFS compressed or encrypted files using the Windows defragmentation API. Minding our P's and Q's we learn that the -P option specifies how many times we would like to overwrite a file, and -Q keeps it quiet. Perfect for batch scripting. For example:
@echo off sdelete.exe -p 4 -q -s %1
If you're looking for something a little more graphical and user friendly have a look at INFERNO!. While this open-source Windows utility isn't much to look at, and requires the Microsoft VB 6.0 runtime, it does get the job done. Sporting simple file overwrites, Department of Defense spec overwrites, and the sophisticated Gutmann method for cleaning your disk, this tool surely packs a punch.
Think we missed a gem? Hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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