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Windows 7: Does moving data off a hard drive remove it completely

29 Aug 2011   #1
gmwal

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 
Does moving data off a hard drive remove it completely

Hello.

I was wondering... If I move my video, music, my documents folders etc. from my boot drive (ie C drive) to say a storage drive (D Drive), is the data completely removed from the boot drive or is it still there waiting to be erased next time a new file is written to it?


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29 Aug 2011   #2
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

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Anything that is on the hard drive remains there, its access is blocked. To completly remove software like eraser can be used.
http://eraser.heidi.ie/
or possibly Dban
http://www.dban.org/download
If you use the computer and the space where the original document is located gets overwritten a few times, the original is also delted, but not as good as using the above two softwares.
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29 Aug 2011   #3
gmwal

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Will initiating a system image also do the trick or will the data still be there?
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29 Aug 2011   #4
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

yes. The data is still there.

To remove all traces using an official secure delete program:
SDelete
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29 Aug 2011   #5
richc46

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Windows 10, Home Clean Install
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gmwal View Post
Will initiating a system image also do the trick or will the data still be there?
The only way to truly remove is using one of the suggested software.
Most suggest Dban, but eraser is on the Seven free list.
FREE Great Programs for Windows 7
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30 Aug 2011   #6
Bare Foot Kid
Microsoft MVP

W 7 64-bit Ultimate
 
 

If you need to over-write (remove) data have a look through the methods outlined in this tutorial linked below.


Secure Erase / Wipe : Definition and Methods

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