SDELETE 2.02 stuck on Purging MFT files


  • Hi, i've tried to clean the free space on a VM disk to retrieve some unused space for the VMDK file.

    The drive is about 250GB in size with 180GB of free space.

    I downloaded SDELETE version 2.02 and tried to launch the command : sdelete64.exe -z d:

    SDelete v2.02 - Secure file delete

    Copyright (C) 1999-2018 Mark Russinovich

    Sysinternals -

    SDelete is set for 1 pass.

    Purging MFT files 7841% complete

    The process is running since about 24 hours...

    Is it normal that the Purging MFT step takes so long and runs above 100% like this ?

    Thanks to get back to me as soon as possible.


    Wednesday, January 30, 2019 5:39 PM

All replies

  • Hmm this strange. I will take a look. 

    This is the stage where sdelete walks through the MFT and deletes any MFT resident files. This can take a long time and we had several people think the delay was a hang so for 2.02 I added the counter you are seeing there. Seems like there is an error in the calculation somewhere so I will take a look and see if I can figure out what's going on. 

    If it's still running would you consider taking a process dump (you can do this directly from task manager by right clicking on the sdelete process)? If so please contact me offline at and I will provide you with an upload location

    MarkC (MSFT)

    Thursday, January 31, 2019 7:43 PM