How to Delete files Permanently Without Software

Delete files Permanently Without Software

                       Most of the users who are using Windows knows about Windows  is, that Once you delete a file or folder from your Hard drive it will not  be permanently deleted or  deallocated  from your system. It will be settled or located one part/place  of the computer unless it is overwritten by other data/files (reallocated).

                       So, users will use Software’s such as CCleaner or Eraser or Tuneup Utilities to delete the data permanently. Other than this Windows providing Built in Command Line Command called Cipher.

To use this command , as many Windows users Know just have to enter into ‘cmd’ or DOS Operating system.

Don’t worry , I know it is the difficult to use Command Line for normal users. But it is not that much difficult too.

For your reference just keep a safe copy as backup with you in pen drive or other flash drive.

But this command line is the safest place for using command’s unless there is a mismatch or mistake in your written command. Cipher is not the tool to just overwrite the data , by which you can encrypt data too.

To get starting with Cipher just have to go to Start, click on ‘Run’ and enter ‘cmd’ and prompt ‘OK’

You will see DOS page in which commands can be entered .

Just copy the following command in place of entering command as shown it fig:

cipher /w:driveletter:folder name

If we want to apply it on C: Drive then as follows,

cipher /w:C                                                        

Delete files Permanently Without Software

Delete files Permanently Without Software

                                                         

Which command tells windows to start the program called Cipher. And ‘/w’ which says to remove or delete unused disk space from specified drive mentioned, and also ‘C’  this tells Windows  which drive to take action of removing the unused space of it.

If You want to check with some other drives such as D or E just replace drive letter with ‘C’ as D or E

But at many cases ‘C’ is the Best Choice since it has maximum data unused.

Just press ‘ENTER’

Just keep see the magic of windows, You can run this take when you are not using you pc, or Once in a week (Better run it  at overnight).

Process starting as shown in  figure below:

Delete files Permanently Without Software

Delete files Permanently Without Software


 

Windows will also advise you work on this task by closing all applications running on your machine  to do better cleanup..

I also let Cipher got it run , And I got about 14GB of data space Extra. you  also try this out for  extra space out from windows .

To confirm that data is already deleted or Formatted just  Download  ‘Recuva’ Tool in the following link:

 Download from here

Just install it and scan for files such as audio  or pictures or  videos, or any documents on the drive  on which you applied Cipher program.

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also read:  How to recover your deleted files and folders.

 

You will find to see following red colored unrecoverable files , Which is already deleted from your machine to reduce the space from it ,figured as below.( Otherwise you will get files in Green color which can be easily recovered).

Delete files Permanently Without Software

Delete files Permanently Without Software

                                              

 

Try it  with your windows…..

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