Prevent Recovery Of Deleted And Encrypted Files With Sdelete

If a user is deleting a file from his computer, there is a chance for tech-savvy guys and hackers might recover those file’s contents whenever they get to access that computer.

Such things happens for example, if you have left the company you worked for, the company transfers the old laptop of yours to another person. The new guys who are trying to use your old computer will have an easy access and can recover your deleted files which are maybe private or confidential.

In order to ensure that your files which are confidential are completely erased from the old computer which you were using, you have to try to go through some delete applications, as for example File Deleter. These delete applications will enable you to securely remove those existing files, and not leave any traceable track so that any other person can recover it.

However, most of the applications are available on prices. A price is generally attached with these applications. To get a free tool for deleting your file totally and to make it unrecoverable from XP or Vista, you can use the tiny tool known as SDelete (Secure Delete) which is Resource kit that is being recommended for Windows Vista.

SDelete is an application of command line that allows the users to delete their existing confidential files that retains in the unallocated space in a disk or to overwrite the deleted files in the hard disk as well as to clear the free space present a logical disk.

Few practical SDelete’s command is listed below:

  1. sdelete [-p passes] [-s] [-q]
  2. sdelete [-p passes] [-z|-c] [drive letter]
  • -c: beneficial in virtual disk optimization for parenting the making of any free space.
  • -p passes: With this command, you can Limit the overwriting opportunities on the passes
  • -s: Recursing the subdirectories.
  • -q: Printing of errors prohibited.
  • -z: Clear the free space.


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