How to Permanently Delete Files from Your Computer [Infographic]

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It’s not as easy to permanently delete photos and files as you might think. Did you know that when you delete data from your computer, it is not gone forever? Did you know that if you do a factory reset on your Android phone, the data can still be recovered with the right tools? It’s a scary thought, especially if you’re donating or recycling your old computer or phone. On the other hand, it’s good news if you’ve accidentally deleted files that you want to recover. This infographic will show you how to delete your photos and files forever.

First, let’s consider your Android device. If you want to be absolutely sure you permanently delete your data, you’ll have to take an extra step before doing a factory reset. There are a couple of different ways to do it, but if you want to keep it simple, I recommend using an app that will shred your data.

There are a few different “file shredder” apps in the Google Play Store for you to choose from. There is also an app called Secure Deletion for Android and another one called Secure Wipe that I’ve heard good things about (but I don’t have firsthand experience with either one of those). You can read more at How to Permanently Delete Files on Android.

Now to your laptop…

What if you have very private photos or files on your computer that you want to permanently delete? There is a way to do it, you just have to know how. This infographic below called Your Guide to Deleting Files Forever (by StudyWeb.com) explains exactly how to do it.

I’ve worked in the tech industry for a long time, and I’d like to make another suggestion also. If it is absolutely mission critical that nobody ever find your photos or files that you think you’ve deleted, I recommend removing the hard drive and replacing it with another one. With data recovery tools becoming more sophisticated every day, it’s the only way to be 100% sure your information will not be discovered by someone. Good luck!

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Photo credit: Eric Austin

Diana Adams
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Diana is a USC graduate, tech entrepreneur and member of the Apple Consultants Network. She has written 4,200+ blog posts around the blogosphere. She loves innovation, creativity and grande Java Chips. She’s also a frequent user of the force. Connect with her on Twitter at @adamsconsulting or email me at [email protected].

4 thoughts on “How to Permanently Delete Files from Your Computer [Infographic]

  • January 30, 2015 at 5:59 pm
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    Cool Diana thats awesome

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    • January 30, 2015 at 6:11 pm
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      Thank you, Gikini. 🙂 Thank you for stopping by today!

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  • January 31, 2015 at 1:14 am
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    Hmm I think the built in deletion function should delete as per dod recommendations without a lot of voodoo around it. Why a special software for something everybody should do?

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    • February 2, 2015 at 5:36 pm
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      Hi Shaun,

      Yep, I agree. 🙂 But on the other hand, if someone accidentally deletes something…data recovery comes in handy. Overall though, it seems like deleting would equal erasing. Thank you for reading my article!

      Diana

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