1.) The "free space" area is not a designated area/directory. Rather, it refers to any/all space on your hard drive that is not currently used to store data.
2.) 'Normal deletion' is the process of deleting the links, as done when you empty the Recycle Bin. The files, however, exist until overwritten, seconds to years in the future.
3.) 'Secure deletion' is the process of both deleting the links and overwriting the actual file(s).
WindowWasher uses a secure deletion process, preventing future recovery using specialized software. Much like shedding papers, recovery may still be possible, but it is highly unlikely. (Overwriting the file(s) 7 times, an option in WindowWasher, satisfies the US Department of Defense for destroying classified data.)
Hope this helps,
I use Window washer which has a feature called "free space" washing. From what Ive read, anything you delete or empty from your recycle bin, is still retrievable because its located on this "free space" area.
Window washer claims to erase it, so does other programs out there. Then I read that these programs just erase the LINKS to any of these files-so they cannot be found except by computer techs, etc.That they are really still there.
Can someone tell the truth on this?