Erase Log

eldonk

New Member
Is there some way for telling the system not to keep a log of what has been erased? I don't think to delete these manually on a regular basis. When I bring up Eraser there is a list of the files I have recently erased.
 

DavidHB

Active Member
Tasks can be deleted, and the log for each task can be cleared. Anything then left behind would be cleared by a free space erase. But the best way of ensuring that your erases are not logged is to use eith er Recycle Bin or context menu erasing.

If you delete to the Recycle Bin, and then erase that, even as a saved task, the Eraser log only records that the Bin has been erased, not what was in it. If you initiate a task (either direct erasing or the Recycle Bin) from the context menu, Eraser temporarily creates a task and logs it while the task is running, but holds it in RAM and does not save it and then deletes the task entry and log if the task completes successfully. The log is only saved to disk when Eraser shuts down; by that time the task entry will have been removed.

That's the good news. The bad news is that the NTFS (journalling) file system is still busy logging everything in the background. I am still trying to work out how to clear those logs ...

David
 

Joel

Active Member
IIRC, fsutil usn deletejournal /D C:
 

Joel

Active Member
What doesn't work? Any error messages in particular? You need to run this in an elevated command prompt.
 

DavidHB

Active Member
Joel said:
You need to run this in an elevated command prompt.
I did this (Windows 7 x64), and it seemed to work. That is, it completed without returning an error (or any other message).

Other than user issues (dealt with by running as administrator), I see no reason why it should not work on Win 7; the NTFS file system has not changed.

David
 

Joel

Active Member
The file system will delete the journal in the background; no progress will be shown. NTFS has to reset the USN ID for every file on disk, so expect to wait a few hours. A log entry will be placed in the system Log though (use eventvwr.msc)
 

cybersun

New Member
Where are the ERASE LOGS kept? I need to keep a copy as TXT file in order to review it later after all DAILY ERASER JOBS are done.

FILE NAME
FOLDER PATH

Please.
 

Joel

Active Member
You cannot delete just the logs. They are kept in a binary file at %LOCALAPPDATA%\Eraser\Task List.ersx. If you delete that file, you task list will also be emptied.

For recurring tasks, I suggest you clear the logs every few times the task is run. It is there to make sure you are aware of errors when they do occur and that your attention is warranted.
 

cybersun

New Member
THIS IS NOT PRACTICAL OR USER FRIENDLY.

I SUGGEST YOU ADD A SIMPLE LOG IN A TXT FILE SO THAT THE LOG CAN BE COPIED AND KEPT IN A SEPARATE FOLDER FOR FURTHER REVIEW AS NECESSARY.

REGARDS,

Roger Bertrand, P. Eng.
 
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