Once you delete files and folders from a Windows PC, they can be recovered using a data recovery tool. MiniTool Power Data Recovery and Wondershare Recoverit are free tools to recover the deleted data from your PC, even if you empty the Recycle Bin. If you are working with confidential data, you might not want that someone recovers the deleted data from your hard disk drive.
SystemInternals’ SDelete is one of the easiest apps that completely erases the files or folders so that no software can recover them. SDelete is a command-line utility that securely deletes a file or folder by overwrites the file with the same delete pattern. You can download it directly from the Microsoft website.
Although the command-line utility is useful to erase the files or folders completely from your PC, not all Windows users are convenient to use, especially when they need to use it a few times a day. It would be better if there is an option to delete the files or folder just by right-clicking on them and choose Secure Delete from the context menu.
There is a piece of good news. You can download SDelete Gui from the Github website that works exactly like its command-line utility. SDelete is an open-source tool that adds the SDelete option in the Windows right-click context menu so that one can securely and permanently destroy all selected files or folders.
How to use SDelete Gui to securely and permanently erase the files and folder?
Step 1. Download SDelete Gui from Github.
Step 2. Double-click on the downloaded executable file to open it.
Step 3. If the User Account Control dialog prompts, click
After passing the UAC prompt, SDelete Gui opens.
Step 4. Now, press the ‘+’ or ‘-‘ buttons to increase or decrease the number of passes the deletion will use. Finally, click the
After executing the above steps, the “Secure Delete” option is added on the right-click context menu.
At any time, if you wish to deactivate or remove the “Secure Delete” option, run the “SDelete Gui” and click the
To permanently and securely obliterate a file or folder from your computer or laptop, right-click on them and select the “Secure Delete” option.
Note: Once you choose the “Secure Delete” option, you will not get any prompt to confirm. That means it will erase the selected file (s) or folder (s) permanently.
Securely Delete is compatible with Windows 10, 8/8.1, 7, and Vista; both 32-bit and 64-bit operating systems.