Secure Deletion

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Function definition: Tools that support deletion of data in a way that cannot be reversed, typically to avoid third parties stealing sensitive information from decommissioned or recycled hardware.
Lifecycle stage: Dispose

Tools for this function

BCWipeBCWipe data wiping software enables you to permanently delete selected files so that they can never be recovered or undeleted.
CCleanerCCleaner is a tool for cleaning Windows PCs.
Darik's Boot And NukeDarik's Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers.
Disk UtilityIn Disk Utility in Mac OS X 10.
EraserEraser is an advanced security tool for Windows which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns.
Ontrack Eraser SoftwareOntrack Eraser software is an easy-to-use, highly flexible data erasure tool that erases all traces of data stored on a targeted media - ensuring that sensitive information does not fall into the wrong hands.
PDWIPE (Physical Drive WIPE)PDWIPE (Physical Drive WIPE) is a standalone DOS utility to wipe (zero) an entire physical hard drive.
SDeleteSDelete is a command line utility that takes a number of options.

Secure deletion involves the use of special software to ensure that when you delete a file, there really is no way to get it back again.