When you have to let others to use your computer then you may don’t want them to even get a hint about some information which you had saved on it. In that situation, you can delete them from the system. But what if the other person is aware of recovery software and restores the deleted data? Yes, you need to be conscious of all possible ways in which your data may leak. To avoid restoration of your deleted confidential data, you need to use software that can wipe free space efficiently.
If you are using Windows 8 OS on your computer then you might be enjoying the colorful user interface and lot of other newly added features in it. You might have saved huge amount of data in it of various file types. There might be some critical data on the system which can’t be shared with anyone like your company’s newly invented product code which is yet to be released, any personal files which you don’t want to reveal to anyone and so on.
You might have never thought that you would have to allow someone else to use your computer. You may have to lend your computer for your family member or a friend in some emergency case. They may not purposefully check or alter your important data but it happens sometimes that viruses may enter the system because of their negligence and your data will be corrupted or hacked. So, why to take chances? Take backup of your data in any external hard drive and erase free space on the drive.
Windows systems have hidden feature of wiping free space on drives. You can use Windows Key plus “R” Key and type, “cipher /w:D (where D is the drive that you wish to wipe)”. While using it you should be careful and there are chances of the functionality not working properly. But you can easily and surely perform drive wipe process using Remo MORE in simple clicks.
Wiping a drive using Remo MORE:
Remo MORE software helps you to wipe free space on drive of Windows computer without affecting other data on the drive. You can erase drives like partitions of hard drive or external hard drive, USB flash drive, memory card, etc. using this utility. The tool provides you the option of wiping drive free space by overwriting the space with different shredding patterns. This application is compatible with Windows OS like Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 7 and Windows 8. Remo MORE program can also be used to perform recovery, enhancement and management of data by providing number of options.
Simple steps to wipe free space on Windows 8:
Step 1: Download the free software, Remo MORE from the website and install it on your Windows computer. Run the utility and from main screen select “Optimize” option as drive wipe comes under this category as shown in Fig A. Then select “Free Space Wipe” option to get next screen with the list of drives on the computer
Fig A: Main Screen
Step 2: Select the logical drive from which free space has to be wiped and click on arrow at the bottom of software wizard as shown in Fig B.
Fig B: Select Drive
Step 3: From next screen, select wiping method from “Fast Zero Write”, “Random Write” or “DOD 5220.22.M” that you want the software to implement and click on “Proceed” as shown in Fig C.
Figure C: Select Wiping Method
Step 4: A message will be popped up for confirmation of selected drive wipe. Upon approval for drive wipe, the program starts wiping the selected drive. The time taken for wiping free space depends on drive size and free space on it as shown in Fig D.
Figure D: Confirm Drive Wipe