Product FAQ - Free File Eraser

Introduction

Q 01: Why use file eraser software?

Q 02: What are the main functions of Free File Eraser?

Q 03: Who can use Free File Eraser?

Q 04: How to ensure that the file/folders will be erased successfully using Free File Eraser software?

Q 05: Why some-times it takes long to shred Recycle Bin?

Q 06: Why do shredding system files not remove all the selected files?

Q 07: Can I shred logical drives using your software?

Q 08: Are there any Windows files that your eraser does not wipe?

Q 09: What's DoD 5220.22-M?

Q 10: What is Peter Gutmann method?


Q 01: Why use file eraser software?

A: No matter if data has been deleted using a "Delete" button, "Shift–Del" button, emptying the recycle bin or formatting the hard drive the data can still be recovered using any Data Recovery Software. Windows Operating System does not physically remove deleted files from your hard disk but the data remains there until the information is overwritten by a new file. Deleted file, which is not overwritten, can still be recovered.

In order to delete files permanently, you have to use file shredder software like Free File Eraser which helps you shred files and folders from your Windows drive. It shreds the deleted data leaving no traces of sensitive/critical data.

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Q 02: What are the main functions of Free File Eraser?

A: Free File Eraser software would securely erase confidential data from your hard drive or any other storage device. Once the data is securely erased the file can never be recovered. This ensures your drive is secure and the confidential data is securely erased.

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Q 03: Who can use Free File Eraser?

A: SOHO users - Use Free File Eraser to shred files/folders from their hard drives to remove any data that you want to avoid sharing or do not want anyone to retrieve.

SME/Corporate users - Use Free File Eraser to shred data from used laptops/computers before assigning them to new employees. Shred data from laptops/computers that are getting upgraded or disposed.

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Q 04: How to ensure that the file/folders will be erased successfully using Free File Eraser software?

A: The software comprises of strong algorithm which ensures the files/folders have been deleted permanently. Above all, we have shredding patterns which are industry standards and you can choose any one of them to erase the files/folders.

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Q 05: Why some-times it takes long to shred Recycle Bin?

A: Each hard disk contains a hidden folder named Recycled. This folder contains files deleted in Windows Explorer or My Computer, or in Windows- based programs. Files deleted from compliant programs are moved to the Recycled folder on the drive from which they are deleted. Double-clicking the Recycle Bin icon displays the folder listing of deleted files available for restoration.

When you select Recycler folder for shredding, the windows operating system might take a while to complete, depending on the system configuration. This is usually caused by an unusually large amount of files in the root of the recycle bin. In order to list the paths of the files to be shredded, a lot of processing power is required by the File shredder.

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Q 06: Why do shredding system files not remove all the selected files?

A: Windows Operating System and many other applications that are open will be constantly using various system files. Since the files are in use and locked, they cannot be modified by other applications.

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Q 07: Can I shred logical drives using your software?

A: No, Free File Shredder is designed to shred files and folders inside a logical drive. It shreds the files in a systematic way, so that shredding process would not affect the file system of the logical drive.

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Q 08: Are there any Windows files that your eraser does not wipe?

A: All the files you can see in your computer can be wiped. Even some files that you cannot see (such as recoverable files in unused space) will be wiped if you set the right options.

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Q 09: What's DoD 5220.22-M?

A: US Department of Defense (DoD 5220.22-M) - the deleting method was introduced by the US Department of Defense (Pentagon) and is known as “DoD5220.22-M”. It will overwrite the target data area first by writing a fixed value (in our case, 0×00) once, then its compliment value (in our case, 0xff) once and finally random values once. After the random value overwrite is complete, the disk is read to verify the overwrites.

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Q 10: What is Peter Gutmann method?

A: This method was introduced by Peter Gutmann in the year 1996. This is perhaps the most secure deletion method available. It will overwrite the target data area by writing random values four times on each sector. Next, it will overwrite the target data area with carefully chosen fixed values on each sector, 27 times. Finally, it will write random values 4 times on each sector. This is 35 write passes in total.

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