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Hardwipe is a free file wiper and drive cleaner for Windows. It can be used to permanently erase, or to "hard wipe", data on disk and portable storage media in order to prevent personal or sensitive business information from ever being recovered. It can wipe entire drives, wipe files individually, and sanitize unused drive space. It runs from within the OS and supports right-click context menus in Windows Explorer. It easily wipes entire drives and portable devices, individual files or clean empty drive space of permanent data, and right-click within Windows Explorer for Hardwipe commands.
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"Standalone option not really standalone."
Version: Hardwipe 2.0
Cannot comment on overall operation because I did not run the program when I discovered "standalone" was not really that.
I assumed that "standalone" meant Hardwipe could be installed on a removeable media and executed independant of the hard disk resident operating system. I had planed to run Hardwipe from a USB flash drive, thinking I could mount and boot it on some obsolete PCs, to wipe their hard drives before disposing of them.
Unfortunately, "standalone" did not mean that, just that it could be initiated from Windows Explorer within the Windows operating system.
Perhaps in the future the developer of Hardwipe will consider providing a truly standalone version.
"beware or regret"
Version: Hardwipe 2.0
Seems to do most of the stuff.
This app follows links! You ask it to delete an *.lnk file and it doesn't. Instead it deletes the linked file. This obviously means that unwanted files may be wiped. In the worst case scenario (my case) you dump gigabytes of old data onto your hdd, browse it, then decide to wipe it only to realize some of the old, obsolete links may have linked to your new data. Too bad, that data got just wiped.
The IQ of some people is beyond me :-(As stupid as it may sound, especially disputing somebody's IQ, I might have been wrong. Totally panicked after finding an incomplete wipe on my system which suggested followed links. Further test showed it does not follow links, but the reason for the incomplete wipe is still unresolved. Wouldn't be fair not to mention it though.
Updated on Jul 22, 2012
Updated on Jul 23, 2012Researched some more and what happens is this:
when adding files to be wiped, the app does not show actual *.lnk files (if present among the files to be wiped), but their targets. If the target is not present, the *.lnk file is not displayed among the added files to be wiped. The wipe itself does wipe only the actual shortcuts, but since some of them were not added you may end up with a folder that contains many unwiped *.lnk files for no appearant reason. It is especially confusing when you have a lot of files to be wiped. It is a confusing behavior, but certainly not nearly as critical as I have feared in the beginning so this app does not deserve the one star I gave it initially. I will ask cnet to increase my rating to four stars but I doubt they will be willing to do so.
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