How to use Data Wiper

by Jane / Fri Mar 30 2018 / UPDATED in Wipe Hard Drive

Check the links below to use Data Wiper efficiently

Specifically, this is to wipe files and folders in the Recycle bin, so we can first delete the files and folders you’d like to remove and use the function Wipe recycle bin like this:

1. Run Data Wiper and click Yes to the UAC dialog, if this is the first time using Data Wiper, Windows will ask you permission for running this data cleaning software, just click Run anyway to continue

Run Data Wiper

2. In Data Wiper we choose the Recycle bin option in section 1 and items in the recycle bin are listed in the window below, all items are selected by default, of course you can deselect all and manually filter them again, we’ll assume all files are targets, then

Wipe Recycle bin

3. Choose a wiping method from the section 2, you can hover on each option to see detailed explanation or just check introduction page to learn more. By default, we use the Fill with zero overwrite method

4. Then click the Wipe Now button, confirm when prompted and Data Wiper will start to wipe clean the selected items with really fast speed.

Wiping... Recycle bin

Some system files and files that are in use cannot be deleted, if they’re deleted by force, the operating system may fail to reboot or even crush. However, files and folders in the recycle bin are safe to erase, wiping items from here will do no harm to the system

That’s why we add the Wipe recycle bin function instead of simply adding Wipe files and folder function, although most of the users wouldn’t touch the system file, we still don’t want to provide a function that has the access to it

If wiping the entire system is indeed the purpose of using this data destruction software, check the Wipe system drive section for detailed info

When we deleted a file, Windows just remove the reference to the file but leave the content in the free space, with the function Wipe free space in Data Wiper, we can wipe all the contents left in there. You can also use this function after emptied recycle bin to make data clean, here’s how to wipe free space in Data Wiper:

1. In the main interface, click the Free space only option and click on the partition you’d like to wipe free space on, then choose a wiping scheme from the listed 6 types of overwriting methods, or just use the default method.

Wipe Free Space

2. And click the Wipe Now button, confirm and Data Wiper will begin to wipe free space on the target drive

Tips: Wipe free space is safe to use, it does no harm to the system or other in-using files and programs, you can wiping free space and working on the computer at the same time

Note: The option is only available for partitions not disks

This option is for wiping the entire drive (partition), disk and even the unallocated space (not free space), it will wipe out everything of the target, include file-system, partition table, files and folders (both references and contents)

Steps of wiping entire drive or disk:

1. Click on the Entire drive or disk option in section 1 and then click on the target drive or disk, choose one wiping method in the Security section and click the Wipe Now button

Wipe Entire drive or disk

2. Now Data Wiper will detect the drive and show according warning, if the target drive is the system drive or contains boot sector, Wiper will show the following message:

Warning message on wiping system drive

Confirm and you’ll see this window, which is also the window for normal data partition or disk wiping, and Wiper requires the command to wipe, just type WIPE in the box and click Start to begin the process

Type WIPE to confirm

To wipe the system volume, we need a Pro license, and there’re two ways of wiping system volume:

  • Directly wipe system volume when Windows is running
  • Wipe system volume in WinPE before booting into Windows
Note: If you’re about to give away the computer, wipe the entire disk instead of wiping only system drive is better, because wipe entire disk makes the disk clean while wipe system partition just make the particular drive clean

Directly wipe system volume when Windows is running

Download the Pro + Edition of Data Wiper, activate it and choose the Entire drive or disk option, click on the system volume and define a wiping method, then click Wipe Now, confirm to the warning message and Type WIPE to wipe out the system, and the operating system is killed, won’t boot again

When wiping entire disk or drive, Data Wiper requires the WIPE command

Wipe system volume in WinPE before booting into Windows

Before we booting into WinPE, we need to create a bootable media on a USB or CD, we can use the Bootable media to do so, click the option like below:

and follow the guide on how to create bootable Data Wiper

Create Bootable WinPE bootable Data Wiper

Those data wiping methods are

  • Fill with zero (1 pass, quick)
  • Fill with pseudo-random (1 pass, quick)
  • Fill with zero and one (2 pass, slow)
  • DoD 5220.22-M (3 passes, slow)
  • DoD 5220.28-STD (7 passes, very slow)
  • Peter Gutmann’s Algorithm (35 passes, super slow)

Here's the compare table of these 6 kinds of wiping methods

We recommend to use bootable media for boot disk or system drive wiping, it’s graphically designed, easy to understand and use, within few clicks we can wipe data clean

Tutorial: How to create bootable media

Create bootable Data Wiper

Some user find the "Wipe Now" button is not active after chosen the wiping method and wiping algorithm, in fact, there's one more step before we active this button, that is to click on a partition or a disk, the target partition or disk has a yellow background like the screenshot below:

wipe single disk
Click on a disk or partition to wipe

In the diskmap of Data Wiper, partitions, disks, unallocated space are all click-able, to be more specific, when you choose the "Free space only" function, partitions with drive letter or without letter are click-able; when select the "Entire drive or disk" function, disks, partitions and partitions without drive letter are click-able

Try the demo below to active the "Wipe Now" button, click Disk 0 or Disk 1 in the screenshot below and move out the mouse to try again

Wipe Entire disk or drive
Click the image to active Wipe Now button

Data Wiper supports:

  • Windows file system: FAT/exFAT/NTFS/ReFSNEW
  • Apple file system: HFS+
  • Linux file system: Ext2/Ext3/Ext4 and Unix UFS file systems

It also supports various Input/Output interfaces:

IDE, USB, SATA, eSATA, SSD, SCSI disks, LUN, RAID Disk Array.