Solved USB Flash drive cleanup

October 21, 2012 at 16:14:51
Specs: Win 7 Ultimate SP1 32-bit, Intel Quad Core i5-760 4GB Ram
Will utilizing the default "Delete" command on Windows be sufficient enough to securely erase files in a usb flash drive or do I still need to use a file shredder?

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October 23, 2012 at 07:39:52
The data is still there, it's just flagged on the file allocation table on the drive that the space can now be written to. If no data has been written to those sectors, then your files are fully in tact.


#1
October 21, 2012 at 18:06:40
If you want to be certain that the files cannot be recovered by others then delete is insufficient. There are free eraser programs about.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#2
October 21, 2012 at 19:33:31
Or use a hammer.

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#3
October 23, 2012 at 07:21:22
The Recycle bin is empty when I delete files from the flash drive, unlike when you delete from the system drive, it goes to the trash bin where you can opt to restore accidental erasures, so where does it go?

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October 23, 2012 at 07:39:52
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The data is still there, it's just flagged on the file allocation table on the drive that the space can now be written to. If no data has been written to those sectors, then your files are fully in tact.

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#5
October 23, 2012 at 09:02:04
So I guess, a good file shredder would be useful to fully delete files beyond recovery. Thanks for your time and info.

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#6
October 23, 2012 at 11:43:52
"a good file shredder would be useful to fully delete files beyond recovery"
The info is still there, only harder to find.

Like OtheHill said.
"Or use a hammer."


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#7
October 23, 2012 at 12:30:46
I use this one:
http://eraser.heidi.ie/
You can erase (or move) securely by simply right clicking the file.

This one is useful if you want to erase free space:
http://www.cezeo.com/products/disk-...
Mine is an old version so I am unsure whether or what features might have now been removed in the free version.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#8
November 5, 2012 at 04:18:46
If you want to make files unrecoverable use Kernel File Shredder Software, It will delete file permanently making it impossible to recover data even with the help of any data recovery software

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