When you delete a file, it goes to the Recycle Bin. To remove it completely from your hard drive, you have to delete it from the Recycle Bin as well. However, even after you have completely removed it from your hard disk, one can easily recover the deleted file using a powerful data recovery utility, such as previously reviewed Recuva. Although data recovery software come useful in situations where you delete something by mistake, anyone with malicious intentions and the right set of tools can easily recover and access deleted sensitive information from your hard drive. xShredder is an open source application for Windows that allows you to protect your privacy by overwriting free space as well as shredding confidential files using powerful permanent data removal techniques. The program provides multiple shredding methods including British HMG IS5 Base Line, US Army AR380 19, German VSITR, and Peter Gutmann. Further details after the break.
The application interface is in Deutsch language, but you can switch to English language from Options > Language, Sprache menu.
The main interface has four tabs at the top namely, Saved Erase Jobs, Filemanager, Disk Shredder and Tools. The Filemanager provides you with the list available drive partitions and folders inside each selected drive. Right-clicking any folder or file reveals extended options such as, Search for a File, File Operations, Paste in trash etc. For folder, you can choose to delete Only Files, Only Folders or Paste All Files and All Folders for deletion.
In the Saved Erase Jobs tab, you can select to run the Shredder Wizard. It will provide you with options to delete the contents of the Recycle Bin, along with other temporary files.
The Disk Shredder tab lets you run shredding operation over entire disk volume. Its right-click menu includes Overwrite free disk space, Overwrite free disk space on all drives, Destroy target drive, Wipe NTFS Disk, pre-shredding a NTFS Drive or Overwrite and Defragment MFT.
The Tools menu has a collection of different simple utilities to better manage your hard disk drive. There are 3 tabs named Drives (contains tools for managing hard drives), Explorer (offers quick access to files & folders) and Windows (includes tools and information about the system). Each tab provides you with a list of tools such as Format Drive, Drive Lock, Defragment Drive, Console Input, Defrag MFT Boot record, access folders, shutdown and restart Windows, view information about system components etc.
From Options >Settings the Shredder menu, you can switch between a total of 13 data shredding methods including Simple, British HMG IS5 Base Line, US Army AR380 19, German VSITR, Bruce Schineier, Peter Gutmann etc.
xShredder works on both 32-bit and 64 bit versions of Windows Xp, Windows Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.