GMU File Shredder Programs Essay

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George Mason University


When you delete files from your computer and even empty the Recycle Bin, Windows only deletes references to the files from the file system table but the contents of all deleted files remain on the disk until overwritten that gives an opportunity to restore files or part of a file to their original location. Deleted files can be restored even if you quick format your hard drive. Everything from your private documents to your Internet history, emails, movies and music you downloaded - all information can be easily recovered.

To prevent unauthorized restore of deleted files, you can use the file shredding software that enables you to permanently delete individual files and folders.


In this project you will download Eraser, a file shredding application, to permanently delete a file.


1. Read and execute the instructions for Hands-on Project 2 starting on page 469.

2. Write a paper describing your experience and project results. Describe challenges you encountered.

3. Paste the screenshots into your paper. For each screenshot, describe in DETAIL what is taking place.

4. Save and upload your assignment file here to Canvas.

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6:58 A Hands-on Pr... TT > Project 2 iiii Q After people learn that all of the files they have deleted in the past could be recovered, they only want to know one thing-how to permanently delete those files. It's not that they are trying to hide anything. They may just want to protect their privacy. 10 3 AA File shredders permanently delete files so they are unrecoverable. Some file shredders can permanently delete files that are still recoverable. In other words, they do this by “wiping” the free space on the hard disk. Free space may contain files that were not securely deleted. Hide Individuals and companies also need to make sure all confidential data are deleted from hard drives before they dispose of them. Recovering files from discarded hard drives is extremely easy to do. Eraser® will delete any files on your hard drive that were not securely eted. It will not deletr > any Lawg uata. 1 Only < 6:58 Hands-on Pr... TT > @ Q 1. Download Eraser from UD http://eraser.heidi.i e/. 2. Click Downloads. 3. Click on the latest AA stable build. (At the time of this writing, it was Eraser 6.0.10.) 4. Click Save. 5. Select your download folder. Hide 6. If the program doesn't automatically open, browse to your download folder. 7. Right-click the Eraser executable file you downloaded. 8. Select Run as administrator. 9. Click Next, Accept, Next, Typical, Install, and Finish. 10. Click Start, All Programs, and Eraser. (You can also く > 6:58 Hands-on Pr... W TT c inli 11. Right-click the empty Eraser table and select New Task. 12. Click Add Data. Q 13. Select Unused disk space. 14. Select the drive you want to clean. (A small USB works 3 faster than your hard drive.) AA 15. Click OK and OK. 16. Right-click the task labeled “Unused disk space." 17. Select Run now. 18. Double-click the task labeled “Unused Hide disk space" to see the progress of the wiping 19. Take a screenshot while it is running. (If it takes too long, you can click Stop. If you selected your C: drive, it will take hours to complete.) 20. Open Windows Explorer (your file browser). 21. Browse to your downloads folder. 22. Right-click any file you want to delete. (You can select any > of the prior downloads) 6:58 Done A ААС Hands-on Pr... 口 W TT c !!!! 20. Open Windows Explorer (your file browser). 0 21. Browse to your Q downloads folder. 22. Right-click any file @ you want to delete. 0 (You can select any of the prior downloads.) 23. Select Eraser and Erase. AA Hide < >
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A laptop or a desktop computer user may decide to get rid of a file on their device, say to
reduce the amount of space consumed or evening to prevent the file's access by other parties
(Ahmed, 2018). When this happens, the files are moved to the recycle bin. Therefore, this is an
excellent concept if one requires to restore the files. However, when a file is deleted, even from
recycle bin, it is hidden from the operating system and gone when another program overwrites it.
Therefore, this is the p...

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