So you can permanently delete files in Windows 10

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It is likely that on some occasion we have encountered the need to delete one or more files from our computer, either because we want to sell it or simply because we want erase any trace of a personal or confidential file that we have had stored in it. The simple fact of sending a document to the recycle bin does not erase it from our hard drive. So that there is no trace of the document that we deleted we will have to use external tools.

Even if we run the command empty the recycle bin, there will continue to be remains of the files in various places on the system, since deleting the files stored in the recycle bin does not make them disappear forever from our computer even though we do not see them. If we use any tool to recover deleted files we could get them back.

There are some manual methods that make our files get deleted without going through the recycle bin such as selecting it file and deleting it with the key combination Shift + Del. We can even configure the recycle bin so that the files are deleted without going through it from its properties. However, on the hard drive itself where it was stored, it will remain present until the same sector where it was stored is overwritten.

Therefore, for the elimination of this type of files to be much more effective, the most recommended option is to use some applications that perform this task by us so that its deletion is final and permanent.

Eraser

Eraser

It is the tool par excellence for these types of situations in which we want permanently delete files or folders and permanent, since it overwrites the sectors of the disk where they were stored. This is done a certain number of times so that the data is completely inaccessible.

It is a tool that can be downloaded and installed on our computer completely free of charge from its website. It is software that will allow us to safely delete any file from our computer so that it is completely irrecoverable.

Hardwipe

Hardwipe

It is another Eraser-like tool that allows configuring various procedures for the definitive deletion of files or folders from our computer. It must be borne in mind that the more steps the process for the total elimination of the information takes, the longer it will take to execute, although the deletion will be safer and therefore more difficult for anyone to recover it. It is possible to download and install this application from its official website completely free of charge.

CCleaner

CCleaner

You may have heard of this program, since for many it is the best cleaning tool that is on the market right now. It is capable of permanently deleting files and folders from our computer, but it is also capable of keeping the SSD or hard disk of our PC from files that are not necessary, making the RAM memory optimized at all times or even not allowing malicious documents damage our computer.

Wise Disk Cleaner

Wise Disk Cleaner

With this program we can delete files and folders without leaving a trace, although it also has other very interesting powers such as its search engine to find residual and garbage files or a file defragmenter to improve the overall performance of the PC. In its search and removal of garbage (even from browsers) it is extremely efficient and one of the best in this regard.

Steam Cleaner

Detecting files in Steam Cleaner

It is a free and open source tool developed to permanently eliminate the files or folders that we want, although its great specialty is to erase the temporary files and garbage generated by the Steam platform, hence its name. It is able to detect the directories of other similar platforms, such as Origin, Uplay, Battle.net, or GoG.

PrivaZer

PrivaZer, main menu

This is another great option, since, despite not being too well known, it is really good at running. If we decide to delete a document or folder, it is done in such a way that it will no longer be possible to recover it. In addition, it is capable of cleaning temporary files, junk and those that are no longer necessary with a single click. As if this were not enough, it is capable of eliminating those browser files that may be malicious for our privacy.

This way of working almost autonomously is what attracts users who use it, since it works almost the same as CCleaner, but it is free.

sDelete

sDelete

It is another option, although in this case it may be more oriented to advanced users, since it does not require a graphical interface and therefore all the process from Windows command prompt window.

It is an effective tool when it comes to safely deleting everything that we do not want to be recoverable on our computer once we have deleted it. What sDelete does is overwrite the data in a file on disk so that the original patterns of the data cannot be recovered.

IObit Advanced SystemCare

IObit Advanced SystemCare

This is one of the best alternatives we have to make files or folders disappear from our hard drive and no one can recover them. But it also offers many more things, such as the fact that it is capable of analyzing our computer in search for errors in order to repair them and that the PC has a better performance. It also has many functions to detect unnecessary, temporary and junk files. It is extremely easy to handle, since with just one click the tool takes care of the rest and especially those users who do not have much experience will appreciate it very much.

Thanks to all these tools that we have presented to you, we will be able to make sure that everything that we erase from our PC does not leave any trace and is eliminated permanently and without leaving a trace.

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