Hi! I want to erase my hard drive space, more specifically the free hard drive space.
I know that there are many wiping tools but which to choose?
PS: I have WIN7 and internal hard disks.
thanks for any suggestion
You don't really need any special software to do this.
Just go to "My Computer", right click the drive you wish to wipe and choose format.
Quick format is likely enough for your purposes, so you should be able to just click "Start" and go. Be sure that you don't have files you want to keep on that drive first!
Bear in mind: this has to unmount the drive in question, so it can't be done on drives that have open files. You will have to get the drive into a point where you can safely remove it first.
Hi. You have a few choices. The best one in my opinion is to add another drive as a slave. Copy all the extra files you have cluttering up you old drive to the new one. For those file you really want gone, something like. Hope it will help you.
use disktools in win7 to create another partition containing the free space (or as much as you need of the free space), then format it and you're done + you now have "2" disks. one for operating system and another for storage.
no need for another tool
Who's to doom when the judge himself is dragged before the bar
Why is it that not a single person in this thread bothered to read what the original poster wanted? He does NOT want a mechanism to partition or format a hard disk, he wants a method to securely erase the unused (aka FREE) hard disk space on his computer (such as when you securely wipe data from a disk).
ma122zda, in answer to your question, the tool I recommend is Eraser: http://eraser.heidi.ie/, It'll wipe individual files, folders or the free disk space.
ma122zda, you probably know that when Windows deletes a file, it does not actually delete the file content. Instead, it just declares the space that was taken by the file as free and each hacker or even normal guy can easily retrieve it with a some recovery utility.
The tool I recommend here, is Mil Shield or Eraser. Eraser is free but I like more the free space shredder tool of Mil Shield (it has all passes and identifies all your external/internal hard drives).
I use Eraser on my work / home computer and it's done the job perfectly fine for me over the last 5 years.
I've no idea why anyone would recommend Mil Shield, Eraser does everything Mil Shield does... and it does it better (for free).
I can confirm that MilShield is very serious software (I'm using it more than 2 years).
It only has 22-23 days free use, but still there is no free and at the same time very good cheese. I even think that its price is low (has tons of features). You can have it for free (22 days, I think).
And it wipes (in my opinion and a few friends of mine) the free space satisfactorily without PC troubles after the wiping.
I second AlexDawson - Use Eraser.
Just out of curiosity - what mode do you use for wiping? On work system I have scheduled task for weekend that runs "35-pass Gutman" on free space, but for ocasional erasing, I use - "1-pass PseudoRandom".
After erasing free space there is defragmentation schedule using MyDefrag (used to be called JkDefrag) which is free as well.