Windows File Shredder
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Full user review
"5 Star (until Win7)"
Very quick, very thorough. Shell integration makes erasure simple.
The Gutman process can take a lot of time with a big file, GB size, but is the ultimate in clean wiping.
I've used this program for years. Well, up until I got Win7...
It works in Win7, but...
(1)No shell integration
(2)No drag & drop to desktop icon
(3)No drag & drop into opened program
With Win7, you need to open the program, add the files, and wipe.
Under WinXP (SP3), this program is a charm! I'm lazy, tho'. I loved the shell integration. I loved the ability to drag & drop into the program window.
I'm not too sure about the extra work I need to do with this in Win7. However, I have not found a compatible utility like File Shredder, so it may be that I am going to have to spend those precious few seconds or minutes getting rid of junk in my system.
I highly recommend this program, Win7 shortfall in mind. It is not supported by the maker, but what the heck... It's FREE, fer cryin' out loud!!
btw, I also tried file recovery using free programs like Recuva. I was able to "recover" little bits and pieces of some shredded files, but nothing functional. If you are shredding files because you want to hide your activities or do not wish for your files to be discovered, don't use File Shredder. If you're looking to free up space on your hard drive, this is the one!