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Date: 2015mar13
OS: Windows
Keywords: Windows, wipe, freespace

Q.  How can I securely wipe the deleted files on my Windows PC?

A.  There is a now a command-line utility that can do that.

cipher /w:X
where X is a drive letter. It needs to be run as Administrator. It takes a long time but ever other alternative does too. Make sure you empty the Recycle Bin before running it. Cipher's help (cipher /?) says its for NTFS but /w works on FAT32. CIPHER.EXE is included in XP Professional but not Home Edition. You can also use CCleaner.

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