Renaming files leaves a recoverable copy of original file?


When using Eraser's 'Secure Move' feature, where it supposedly securely overwrites the original file in its original location.

But, if Eraser is not used and the file name is just renamed (not necessarily moved), you can see the original file name & path using a recovery utility. I didn't realize this before.

Try renaming some file you don't care about, then run some recovery utility. If it's a decent one, you should be able to see the original name & path before the file was renamed. In some cases, they show up as the full original file that can be recovered.

So, if you need to rename files and you don't want the original to be recoverable, how do you do that? Is the only way to erase free space? Seems like there should be a faster way.