This article describes how to shred files or wipe free space with PGP Desktop 9.x for Windows.
There are several methods offered within PGP Desktop to securely remove files or folders from your hard drive. These methods are described below. You will find instructions on wiping clean the free space of your drives in the second section.
Shred a File/FolderSeveral methods can be used to shred files and folders. These methods are detailed below: Using PGP Shredder on the Desktop When PGP Desktop was installed, you were provided the option of placing a PGP shredder icon on your desktop. If you did not place a PGP Shredder on the desktop and would like to do so, do the following:
Shred Free SpaceWhen you delete a file in Windows, the file may appear to be erased, but with the proper tools, it can be restored. PGP Free Space Wipe allows you to permanently remove any files that have been deleted. Commercial data recovery companies have been known to recover data that has been overwritten up to nine times. PGP uses highly sophisticated patterns during each wipe to make sure your sensitive data cannot be recovered.
|Note: You must have administrator privileges to use the Shred Free Space tool.|
|Note: The wipe session can be lengthy, depending on the number of passes you specified, the speed of the processor, how many other applications are running, and so on. If you are wiping the system drive (boot drive), it is recommended you close any unnecessary applications. This will shorten the time it takes to wipe the drive.|