I have been using this freeware without problems until now. I am getting a message "cannot shred files because they are in use". Can anyone shed any light on this - the files are not in use, I have just right-clicked and "sent to file shredder" from the context menu. Thanks.
If the document/file you are trying to shred is open (being read/on the screen) the shredding software (depending on the software used) can`t delete it. You probably need to ensure that the document/file is closed and browse for it to shed it using the shredder itself.
the one i am using is as link below. However, the files/folders - and i have tried many - they are NOT open when io try to delete.. More help appreciated! click here I have had a power cut recently - I am in Cyprus and the electricity is CRAP! - and lost most of my data, my main backup on an exernal HDD was corrupt.had to purchase "systools bkf repair" which worked a treat. However I need to sdelete the useless files/documenrsand load the recovered files.
Have you checked the files to make sure they are not read only. Had this problem before and I had to untick each one before I could delete them. Sometimes unticking the folder/subfolders does not workand you have to do each file seperatly.
Makes no difference. Also they are not "read only". I have uninstalled & re-installed so - can anyone reccommend another good "shredding" programme please? There are a lot around as rawprawn says. Thanks.