Alternatives to Hardwipe for all platforms with any license

  • Eraser icon

    Eraser

    Eraser is an advanced security tool (for Windows), which allows you to completely remove sensitive data from your hard drive by overwriting it several times with carefully selected patterns.

    Open Source Windows PortableApps.com

  • Darik's Boot and Nuke icon

    Darik's Boot and Nuke

    Dariks Boot and Nuke ("DBAN") is a self-contained boot disk that securely wipes the hard disks of most computers. DBAN will automatically and completely delete the contents of any hard disk that it can detect, which makes it...

    Open Source Mac Windows Linux

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    WipeFile

    WipeFile erases files and folders secure and fast. WipeFile overwrites the information completely, so there is no way to undelete the files or reconstruct the file content.

    Free Windows

  • xShredder icon

    xShredder

    With xShredder you can destroy your sensitive files. Choose from simple destruction or shredding by Peter Gutmann 35 times.

    Open Source Windows

    • Discontinued Development focus moved to http://alternativeto.net/software/context-shredder/
  • SDelete icon

    SDelete

    SDelete, short for Secure Delete, is a command-line based data destruction tool and can be run from the Command Prompt in Windows 7, Vista, or XP.

    Free Windows

  • File Shredder icon

    File Shredder

    File Shredder is free desktop application for shredding (destroying) unwanted files beyond recovery.

    Free Windows

  • BCWipe icon

    BCWipe

    BCWipe data wiping software enables you to permanently delete files selectively so that they can never be recovered or undeleted. BCWipe embeds itself within Windows and can be activated from the Explorer FILE Menu OR from the context...

    Commercial Mac Windows Linux

  • Permanent Eraser icon

    Permanent Eraser

    When you normally delete your files in Mac OS X, the operating system is only forgetting where those particular files are placed, while the data still physically remains on the drive. Beginning with Mac OS 10.3, Apple enhanced its...

    Open Source Mac

  • O&O SafeErase icon

    O&O SafeErase

    O&O SafeErase gives you complete protection against unauthorized access to any confidential data you delete! No matter whether it’s outdated financial information, e-mail archives, or personal files, you can be sure that with...

    Commercial Windows

  • Stellar File Wipe icon

    Stellar File Wipe

    The easiest way to get rid of the sensitive data from a Mac before letting it go is to wipe it with Stellar File Eraser tool. It consists of 12 efficient Standard DoD wiping algorithms. It even wipes out locked files, give it a free...

    Commercial Mac Windows

  • east-tec Eraser icon

    east-tec Eraser

    Protect your sensitive data and privacy, and securely erase all evidence of your Internet and PC activity. Go beyond any system optimization or cleanup tool, improve your PC performance, keep it clean and secure! Continuously improved...

    Commercial Windows

  • HDShredder icon

    HDShredder

    HDShredder by Miray Software deletes entire hard disks, partitions or other storage media securely and according to international standards if desired. Safely recycle your hard drive!.

    Freemium Windows

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  • Easy File Shredder

    Easy File Shredder shreds custom files and free disk space beyond recovery using advanced data deletion algorithms approved by the military and government organizations.

    Freemium Windows

  • UltraShredder icon

    UltraShredder

    UltraShredder is a standalone, USB portable file shredder which deletes sensitive files by overwriting them with random characters, saving it to disk each time, and then bypasses the recycle bin, thus acting as your personal, portable...

    Free Windows

  • Zer0 icon

    Zer0

    Zer0 is a user friendly file deletion tool with a high level of security. With Zer0, you'll be able to delete files and to prevent file recovery by a 3rd person. Features User friendly HMI : Drag'n'drop, 1 click and...

    Free Windows

  • Kernel File Shredder icon

    Kernel File Shredder

    If you want to delete some data permanently making it impossible to read again you can choose Kernel File Shredder Software which deletes file permanently so that no one can recover that file again even using data recovery tools.

    Commercial Windows

  • Robusta File Shredder icon

    Robusta File Shredder

    Robusta File Shredder is reliable utility software, which enables you to completely erase files from your hard drive. All files deleted with Robusta File Shredder can in no way be retrieved back. This is done since the application...

    Freemium Windows

    • Discontinued App unavailable at official source but older versions accessible through download sites.
  • ErAce

    ErAce is software that will over write the hard drive 1-100 times. So it fullfills the strictest security standards i.e. DOD 5220.22-M. In that way it is impossible to recover data.

    Free Mac Windows Linux Self-Hosted

    • Discontinued The official website is no longer accessible and the SourceForge project page no longer contains any downloads. The ISO files are downloadable here: ftp://ftp.gnome.org/mirror/temp/sf2015/e/er/erace/
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    iShred Express

    iShred Express provides a drag and drop interface to the "SRM" or secure delete function. USE AT YOUR OWN RISK. FILES DELETED WITH THIS PROGRAM ARE NOT RECOVERABLE, MAKE SURE YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING. Tested with...

    Free Mac

    • Discontinued Official website/app unavailable.
  • AppleXsoft File Eraser icon

    AppleXsoft File Eraser

    AppleXsoft File Eraser is a user friendly and powerful data wipe software that allows you to permanently delete files on hard disks, USB drives completely. excluding any possibility of future recovery of deleted files and folders....

    Commercial Windows Windows XP

  • Context-Shredder icon

    Context-Shredder

    With Context-Shredder you can destroy your sensitive files. Choose from simple destruction or shredding by Peter Gutmann. Users can create deletion tasks, overwrite available free space or destroy disk drives.

    Open Source Windows

Hardwipe Comments

Recycle Bin Context Menu

Positive Comment by snakyjake3
about Hardwipe Nov 2014

My preference is to send file to the Windows Recycle Bin, and later have them destroyed. Therefore I like having the Recycle Bin context menu.

But I wish:

A) A scheduler.
B) I don't need the "standalone" interface.
C) None of the other stuff...just the Recycle Bin features.

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