File Shredder

Provides free space wiping and file shredding capabilities.

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Small, easy to use, free space wiping and enough features to increase effectiveness.
Not as comprehensive, no scheduling, limited help.

Despite its name, File Shredder has both free space wiping and file shredding capabilities. It has a small download size, simple interface, and it is very easy to use.

It is a lot lighter than Eraser on active memory resources, but higher in CPU usage on my system. It lacks scheduling and a built-in help, and has very limited online help.

File Shredder uses a DoD (5220-22.M 3-pass) erase pattern by default, but it has four other algorithms to choose from (versus the 14 patterns of Eraser). The default may be way too slow for free space wiping, so you may want to change it to one or two passes.

The free space wipe works a little differently than Eraser, leaving behind more temporary files of nonsense information (whereas Eraser doesn’t usually allow recovery programs to read any bytes as recoverable). But I wasn’t able to view anything of use from File Shredder’s full wipe leftovers.

Similar to Eraser, File Shredder has an option for a context menu extension to File Explorer, so you can right click on a file and send it to the erasing or shredding programs.

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