ShredIt for Windows System Requirements | Specifications |

System Requirements:

ShredIt for Windows will run on all of the following Operating Systems:

  • Windows 98
  • Windows 2000 and later
  • Windows ME Windows NT 4 and later
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista
  • Windows 7
  • Windows 8.x
  • Windows 10
  • Windows 11

ShredIt for Windows Specifications:

ShredIt will:

  • shred a File or Folder
  • shred Disk Free Space
  • shred data already deleted
  • shred an internal Hard Drive or an external Hard Drive

Use ShredIt to:

  • Shred confidential files on an ongoing basis
  • Erase a hard drive so the data can’t be recovered before selling or giving away a computer

(The terms “Shred”, “Wipe”, “Erase” and “Clean” are all used to mean “Secure Delete” – delete data so that it can’t be recovered.)

Other ShredIt for Windows features:

Interface Options:

Use ShredIt the way you’re most comfortable:

  • “Drag and drop”
  • “Select from menu”
  • Use the buttons

Safety Features:

Since there is no way to recover an item that is accidentally shredded, ShredIt comes with built-in safety features, including:

  • The “Confirm before Shred” feature. By setting confirmation on, you give yourself an opportunity to cancel shredding of an item.
  • The “Safe Place” feature. If you have items you want to protect from accidentally shredding, put them in a Safe Place Folder. Anything stored in a Safe Place Folder cannot be shredded.
  • The “Don’t panic” disk wipe feature. Dropping a disk on ShredIt, will only wipe the free space, not your data. We’ve made it easy to wipe the free space of a disk and more difficult to shred the contents of a disk. This is intentional, so that you don’t accidentally shred the contents of a disk (i.e. your data).
  • Comprehensive documentation. Clearly written, step-by-step instructions are provided, ensuring you know exactly how to use each feature.

Standards Compliance:

Optional compliance with electronic shredding standards:

  • US Department of Defense (DoD 5220)
  • US Department of Energy (DoE)
    (3 passes: 2 passes of pseudo-random, 3rd pass character picked from DoE menu in the preferences)
    For more information, read the policy
    [DOE M 205.1-2, ATTACHMENT 4, Overwriting]
  • NSA
  • Gutmann

Overwrite Options:

A configurable overwrite pattern and number of overwrites.