SDelete utility is a powerful command line utility it allows you to delete one or more file directories Permanently by cleansing the free space on a logical disk Whenever you delete a file by simply using shift+delete won’t delete until the areas of the disk it used are Overwritten by new information it just deletes the index associated with that file.
How to use SDelete utility?
- First download the zip file and extract SDeleted to your chosen location I extracted it in e: drive
- Open the cmd under administrative privilege and navigate the folder where you have store sdelete utility and hit the sdelete64 or sdelete (operating system architecture 32 and 64)
- -p passes Specifies number of overwrite passes (default is 1)
- -s Recurse subdirectories
- -r Remove Read-Only attribute
An example command line to securely delete the entire folder and its sub-directories is as follow:
Another very effective capability of SDelete is that it can clean the free space of previously deleted files It is important to optimize the hard-disk
- -c Clean free space
- -p Passes Specifies number of overwrite passes (default is 1)
- -z Zero free space (good for virtual disk optimization)
An example of wipe out free disk space on your dive
Securely delete files using sdelete