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Delete and Overwrite permanently?

The solution is simple to Delete and Overwrite files and folder permanently in every Windows OS (at XP)!

Please feel free and use cipher for this!

cipher /w:C:\

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The help file for CIPHER!

Microsoft Windows XP [Version 5.1.2600]
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C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop>cipher /?
Displays or alters the encryption of directories [files] on NTFS partitions.

CIPHER [/E | /D] [/S:directory] [/A] [/I] [/F] [/Q] [/H] [pathname [...]]


CIPHER /R:filename


CIPHER /W:directory

CIPHER /X[:efsfile] [filename]

/A        Operates on files as well as directories. The encrypted file
          could become decrypted when it is modified if the parent
          directory is not encrypted. It is recommended that you encrypt
          the file and the parent directory.
/D        Decrypts the specified directories. Directories will be marked
          so that files added afterward will not be encrypted.
/E        Encrypts the specified directories. Directories will be marked
          so that files added afterward will be encrypted.
/F        Forces the encryption operation on all specified objects, even
          those which are already encrypted.  Already-encrypted objects
          are skipped by default.
/H        Displays files with the hidden or system attributes.  These
          files are omitted by default.
/I        Continues performing the specified operation even after errors
          have occurred.  By default, CIPHER stops when an error is
/K        Creates new file encryption key for the user running CIPHER. If
          this option is chosen, all the other options will be ignored.
/N        This option only works with /U. This will prevent keys being
          updated. This is used to find all the encrypted files on the
          local drives.
/Q        Reports only the most essential information.
/R        Generates an EFS recovery agent key and certificate, then writes
          them to a .PFX file (containing certificate and private key) and
          a .CER file (containing only the certificate). An administrator
          may add the contents of the .CER to the EFS recovery policy to
          create the recovery agent for users, and import the .PFX to
          recover individual files.
/S        Performs the specified operation on directories in the given
          directory and all subdirectories.
/U        Tries to touch all the encrypted files on local drives. This will
          update user's file encryption key or recovery agent's key to the
          current ones if they are changed. This option does not work with
          other options except /N.
/W        Removes data from available unused disk space on the entire
          volume. If this option is chosen, all other options are ignored.
          The directory specified can be anywhere in a local volume. If it
          is a mount point or points to a directory in another volume, the
          data on that volume will be removed.
/X        Backup EFS certificate and keys into file filename. If efsfile is
          provided, the current user's certificate(s) used to encrypt the
          file will be backed up. Otherwise, the user's current EFS
          certificate and keys will be backed up.
directory A directory path.
filename  A filename without extensions.
pathname  Specifies a pattern, file or directory.
efsfile   An encrypted file path.

Used without parameters, CIPHER displays the encryption state of
the current directory and any files it contains. You may use multiple
directory names and wildcards.  You must put spaces between multiple

C:\Documents and Settings\Administrator\Desktop>

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