If you believe that emptying the recycle bin or  using Shift+Delete keys, you completely deleted your unwanted or sensitive data from your computer’s hard drive then you are totally wrong. Your operating system removes only the reference of the file from file system table and the data remains there in hard drive until and unless new file is created over it. If you have deleted some sensitive and personal stuffs like passwords, personal information, classified documents from work, financial records– one can easily recover them by means of some data recovery utility like Recuva, Disk maintenance and undelete utility.

So if you want to remove your private data that you will never regret erasing from your personal computer, follow these steps:

  1. First download and install a freeware utility, Eraser in your computer.
  2. Run the Eraser and Navigate to Erase schedule and select New Task. In the Task Properties window select Run manually, and click Add. You can add a single file or even the folder that contains a bunch of files.

    Eraser-- An Utility To Remove Data completely From Hard Drive

    Eraser-- An Utility To Remove Data completely From Hard Drive

  3. You can also erase the data permanently by right clicking on the file as there is an Erase option added in you right click contextual menu after installing it.

    Erase Option In Right Click Contextual Menu

    Erase Option In Right Click Contextual Menu

  4. Select OK (twice), to apply the choices.
To Download and install the Eraser: CLICK HERE

Please use Eraser carefully and before deleting the data, make sure that you indeed want to delete them because the deleted data can never be recoverd using any utility.