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Re: Securely deleting *Windows* files (was Re: simple way to securely destroy deleted files in a file system)

On Fri, Jul 16, 2010 at 9:10 AM, H.S. <hs.samix@gmail.com> wrote:
On 10-07-16 12:00 PM, Ron Johnson wrote:

Aren't you askig the wrong list?

The filesystem is vfat, files are being deleted from within Linux using Linux tools and the partition just happens to be a Windows installation* but could be any generic storage device. So, no.

I presume you are implying that I ask on a Windows list. Please correct me if I am wrong. If I am not, it would be the wrong list to ask about using dd to delete files, unless dd is developed, or at least also being supported, by MS.

* yes, I am aware of the OS holding some information. But if you read my original post (and the one after that) carefully, the scope of the security is quite limited.

Not to oversimplify the situation, but focusing on the OP's original post, why not boot to Windows, run the Eraser program (licensed under the GNU GPL) and zero all blank space on the disk?  You create your own "zeros" method, with one write of zeros to the free disk space, and you can even include cluster tips for removal.  If you're running XP, I'd recommend version 5.7x or 5.8x as their new 6x versions are drastically different.

Just my $0.02, keep the change.

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