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Secure deletion program for Windows 8.1;


nrabus

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I am planning to get a new computer soon and would like to securely overwrite the information from deteted files. I tries using Eraser, but I get a message saying I need to run as administrator, even after I run it as administrator. I think it doesn't work with Windows 8.1. Is there a tool that I can use that will overwrite information about already-deleted files, including the filenames?

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majulook

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Cipher.exe is a built-in command line tool in the Windows operating system that can be used to encrypt or decrypt data on NTFS drives. This tool also lets to securely delete data by overwriting it.
/? : Displays help at the command prompt.

This Technet article is for widows 7 but CIPHER is full functional in Windows 8 and 8.1

Cipher

Now for the easy part. If you have a standard Windows installation type or copy and paste the following command:

cipher /w:C

What this tells Windows to do is to start the Cipher program. The '/w' switch says to remove any data from the available unused disk space, and C tells Windows to carry out this action on the C:\ drive.
If your data is on a different drive such as a partition labeled D:\ simply substitute C for the correct drive letter.
 

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edee

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Cipher.exe is a built-in command line tool in the Windows operating system that can be used to encrypt or decrypt data on NTFS drives. This tool also lets to securely delete data by overwriting it.
/? : Displays help at the command prompt.

This Technet article is for widows 7 but CIPHER is full functional in Windows 8 and 8.1

Cipher

Now for the easy part. If you have a standard Windows installation type or copy and paste the following command:

cipher /w:C

What this tells Windows to do is to start the Cipher program. The '/w' switch says to remove any data from the available unused disk space, and C tells Windows to carry out this action on the C:\ drive.
If your data is on a different drive such as a partition labeled D:\ simply substitute C for the correct drive letter.
I don't think you are understanding what the man said because I too get the same problem, even though I am the administrator on the administrator account, whether I run at an elevated cmd prompt or not I get the same message ....

"This program is blocked by group policy, For more information, contact your system administrator"

I get the same message with SDelete also. I know CCleaner wipes free space also but it takes forever to do it, even when it is set on one pass, on a 1TB drive with 630GB free space to wipe CCleaner takes 14+ hours to wipe with one pass.

How do we get around the above problem?
 

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