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

Editorial review

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Margie Smeer Senior editor

The following review written by one of the Software Informer contributors applies to version 3.1
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.
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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

Publisher's description

Hardwipe is the free data sanitization toolset used by activists, journalists, IT technicians and anyone needing to ensure that discarded, but sensitive, information can never be recovered by someone else.

Hardwipe provides a slick user interface with optional support for 'right-click' context menus in Windows File Explorer. Use Hardwipe to conveniently and permanently erase (or 'hard wipe') data on disk and portable storage media. It can conveniently destroy files and folder contents on-demand, erase drives and USB media, and sanitize the Windows Recycler.

Hardwipe gives you the freedom to securely erase: Physical Devices, Logical Volumes, Files/Folders, Recycler Bins, Free (unused) Drive Space and Windows Pagefile. It also offers read-back verification, report logs, and supports all major sanitization schemes, including: GOST R 50739-95, DOD 5220.22-M, Schneier and Gutmann.

Hardwipe is free for non-commercial use (some advanced features require a paid upgrade).

When your old data is more valuable to someone else than you, don't just 'delete' it -- hardwipe it!

Latest comments

  • 1
    creamy antony 3 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.