"Reserve" space for faster free-space wiping?


New Member
As one of many with large drives (160gb) with large free-space (~100gb), I find that erasing free-space can take a long time. So, I've devised a manual solution to reduce the amount of time needed:
1. Wipe free-space
2. Use a program to create large files to fill the drive up to the point where there's reasonable amount of free-space available. Typically, I leave 10gb free, with each filler file being 10gb in size. The files have a unique extension, "FSPC".
3. (Optional)Defrag the drive, placing the files from #2 at the end of the drive.
4. When space gets low, delete one or more files from #2.
5. Periodically wipe the free-space, which takes much less time now. The fill files should be safe, as they were originally created on a drive which had the free-space erased.

It'd be really cool if we could configure Eraser to leave a configurable amount of space "filled" after wiping free-space, then have as one of the available tasks the option of checking the available space and deleting the fill files as necessary.

Does this make sense?



Staff member
Your idea is good. I have heard of a product that does this (Creating the files) i will try and hunt it down again. I believe it was free.