New File Eradication Tool

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Steven K, Feb 10, 2003.

  1. Steven K

    Steven K Supporting Actor

    Jan 10, 2000
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    Hi All,

    Today I decided to write a tool which totally eliminates the contents of files from one's hard drive (ie, for sensitive data removal, etc...)

    There are tools out there that do this (ie, Blackboard File Wipe) but I find those tools to be buggy at best, not to mention that they are not free.

    So basically I wrote something very similar to those tools. You supply file names to the application, and it writes over the contents of those files several times, and then deletes the file. Perhaps many people aren't aware of this, but simply "deleting" a file from your system and emptying it out of the recycle bin doesn't really rid your hard drive of the file or its contents.

    Originally I just wrote it for personal use but I figured that other folks might find it useful as well. Feel free to download it at:

    Of course, it's completely free and uncrippled. Also included in the ZIP file is documentation in PDF form.

    If you download this, give it a try and let me know what you think.

    The app was coded in C and compiled with VC++ 6.0.
  2. Rob Gardiner

    Rob Gardiner Cinematographer

    Feb 15, 2002
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    FYI, Jetico's BCWipe is free and I have never found it to be buggy. But I'll give your new tool a try. I'm always looking for a better mousetrap!
  3. Camp

    Camp Cinematographer

    Dec 3, 1999
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    Can you set it to specifically locate and permanently erase files with the words "porn", "XXX", and "Sheep" from my HD? :b

    Seriously,'s a cool tool and it's very kind of you to share it.

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