Wiping drive free space

OhioTom

New Member
I am using Eraser version 6.0.6.1376 to erase the free space on a partition on my hard drive that is approximately 94 GB in size with about 34 GB of files. I had already erased the free space on my C drive with no apparent problems. When trying to erase this partition, however, Eraser appears to be filling the drive with files that are stated as having a size of 221,184 MB and which have random character names such as "!Q4(6CvdbjtCIuUg3e". These files are all contained within a folder with a random name - the latest is "'8jeT4mFSTD0vnO!iE". I have not checked the "Replace erased files with the following files to allow plausible deniability" box although I may have had it checked the first time I ran this on this partition. I am using the US DoD 5220.22-M(8-306./E)(3 passes) method for unused space on the drive. In all cases I get a low drive space warning. This last time I closed a large unlabeled window that opened at the end and the drive was returned to it's approximate 33% usage but the other times it appears to have left these files in place. Is this normal operation?
 

Joel

Active Member
Yes, this is normal operation. Nothing to get worried about.
 
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