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Add Secure Delete To The Recycle Bin

The Windows Recycle Bin acts as a safeguard when deleting files & folders. By default, rather than being permanently deleted, they're sent there. In the event you change your mind, you have the option to restore them. When you empty (delete) files or folders from the Recycle Bin, It does not "securely" delete them. In this tutorial, I will show you how to add a "Secure Delete" option to the right-click context menu of the Recycle Bin.

A lot of users are under the Impression that once a file Is deleted, It cannot be recovered, however It's not the case at all. Simply put, until another file takes over the deleted file's spot on the hard disk, It can still be recovered. Securely deleting a file, will not only delete It, but also overwrite all data that exists (for that file) on the hard disk, thus there's no chance It can be recovered.

There are many third-party tools that can do this, but In this tutorial, I will demonstrate how to apply the Secure Delete option to the right-click context menu of the Recycle Bin. You can then use It with a click of the mouse.

There's quite a number of steps Involved, but I've simplified It to an extremely easy process. So let's get this guide started.

Step One:
Firstly, you need to download a file named SDelete here. Once that's done, extract all contents from the archive to a folder of your choice. Then right-click and copy the sdelete.exe file.

Step Two:
Next, navigate to the System32 folder located In the following directory:

Paste the sdelete.exe file In this folder. It will prompt that administrator privileges are required, so simply click Continue.

Step Three:
To make sure It has been successfully placed, locate the sdelete.exe file. Here's what you will see.

Step Four:
To add the Secure Delete option to the Recycle Bin right-click context menu, you must add an entry to the Windows Registry. To simplify this, I've provided Registry files via direct download links at the end of this article. Once downloaded, double-click the Add Secure Delete To Recycle Bin.reg file and then hit Yes.

Step Five:
A message will now be displayed, advising that the entries have been successfully added to the Registry. Click OK to finalize the process.

Step Six:
I've navigated to my Recycle Bin on the desktop, right-clicked It and as you can see, the Secure Delete option Is readily available.

Step Seven:
If you change your mind and wish to remove the Secure Delete option, double-click on the Remove Secure Delete.reg file. Don't forget to also click Yes.

Last Step:
I've performed the above step and removed It. Upon right-clicking the Recycle Bin, Secure Delete Is no longer available.

Final Thoughts:
We all want to protect our sensitive data, not only by way of password-protecting It, but also In the way It's disposed. Predominantly, you delete data because you (obviously) no longer need It, however It's not securely deleted there and then. This neat little tweak ensures your files and folders are securely deleted from the Recycle Bin, without the chance of recovery.

Use any of the links below to download the Registry files as per Step Four and Step Seven above.

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