Hardwipe Free



This program received 3 awards

Video tutorial & screenshots

  • Successfully Completed File Wiping
  • Wipe Options
  • Interface Options
  • Main Window
  • Setup Wizard
  • Options Screen
  • Main Screen
  • About Screen
  • Main window

Editorial review

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Margie Smeer Senior editor

When the system deletes files, it doesn’t actually remove those files, but just marks the disk space that those files occupy as available for overwriting. Because of this, the files that you consider deleted can actually be recovered with special tools and techniques. If these files contain private data, then your confidentiality and security might be endangered.
Hardwipe is a small and simple utility that takes care of this problem. It can wipe files, folders and entire drives, ensuring that the data are completely deleted, beyond any recovery. Therefore, you will no longer have to worry that your sensitive data could get into the wrong hands.

Using the tool is an easy matter as it comes with a simple, neat and intuitive interface that anyone can handle without any problem. Hardwipe is also small and lightweight. Anyway, this doesn’t mean it lacks important features. It also offers plenty of useful options. For example, in order to accurately erase data, it makes use of different major sanitization schemes, like Guttman, GOST R 50739-95, DOD 5220.22-M and Schneier.

Another great thing about this tool is that it doesn’t only deal with shredding files but it can also wipe entire volumes, the free disk space, or even the contents of the Recycle Bin. A comprehensive log file is also created every time a wiping job is performed.

To sum it all up, Hardwipe is a great tool for permanently removing files, wiping the disk space and ensuring your security. Since it’s also free, I can only recommend it with all my heart.


  • Neat and lightweight.
  • Very easy-to-use.
  • Supports different data overwriting methods.


  • The interface displays ads.
  • Help is available only online.
This software was checked for viruses and was found to be clean. Click here to see antivirus report.

What's new in version 3.1

- Bug fix/change: Added pause-retry if the Windows shell denies access when overwriting files
- Bug fix: Log window was not recording error cause on individual items
- Bug fix: Auto "power off" not working intermittently
- Bug fix: Icons now sharper on tool windows under higher DPIs
- Change: Images now used for ads in free version
- Other minor updates & fixes

What's new in version 2.1

The latest release (codenamed Perky Pike) is now offered as a "portable download" as well as a traditional installer based application. This means that you can copy it onto a USB stick and run it on any computer.
The other big change in this release is the ability update language files yourself. Previously, language translation text (such as Spanish text) was embedded in the application itself. Many users emailed to offer their services in helping to translate the user interface into other language. Sadly, it was not practical to maintain multiple language translations in this way. The alternative was to "open up" the language translation data, so that anyone can update or create new language packs themselves.

Publisher's description

Hardwipe is a free file wiper and drive cleaner for Windows. It can be used to permanently erase, or to "hard wipe", data on disk and portable storage media in order to prevent personal or sensitive business information from ever being recovered. It can wipe entire drives, wipe files individually, and sanitize unused drive space. It runs from within the OS and supports right-click context menus in Windows Explorer.

Latest comments

  • 1
    creamy antony 2 years ago
    Pros: various functions
    Cons: it does not seem to be set integrated with the Recycle Bin..

    Hardwipe is a good program It has intuitive interface and all functions I need.

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