This is the original FileShredder - securely delete sensitive documents, or quickly erase files and free up space bypassing the Trash on your Mac, USB stick, or any other external drive. FileShredder provides a simple solution for removing any file right away from your computer.
Right-Click (Secondary Click) to Delete Permanently
- Launch the app to add Shred and Secure Shred to the Finder Context Menu.
- Simply right-click on a file or folder on the desktop, in the Trash, or in any other Finder window, and select Shred or Secure Shred to delete permanently. No app relaunching is required.
Drag-and-Drop to Delete Permanently
- You can also drag-and-drop items onto the app icon on the dock.
- In Preferences, configure whether Secure Shred is used for the drag-and-drop method.
- Please do not use drag-and-drop to delete aliases or symbolic links. The operating system will instruct the app to delete the original files rather than the aliases or links.
Secure Deletion Algorithm
- In Preferences, choose from four algorithms for Secure Shred: 1 pass (fastest), 3 passes (DoE standard), 7 passes (DoD standard), or 35 passes (Gutmann deletion, safest).
- Handles many special and rare cases.
- In Preferences, choose whether to ask for confirmation before deletion.
- A confirmation dialog will always be shown before deleting an entire drive.
- Dock icon counts down the number of items remaining.
- In Preferences, choose whether a sound effect plays after completion.
- Press the Abort button on the app's dock menu or quit the app (⌘Q) to stop further deletion.
|Q:||What is the difference between Shred and Secure Shred?|
While both options skip the Trash to permanently delete files from the Mac, Secure Shred also overwrites the data on the hard drive so that it cannot be recovered whatsoever.
Shred deletes much faster since it doesn't overwrite the data on the hard drive, but the files may be recoverable until your computer reuses that space on the hard drive.
Here is an analogy for comparing different methods of deletion: