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Windows 7: Permanently delete files from an old HDD


27 Feb 2014   #1

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Permanently delete files from an old HDD

Hi, I have copied some files & folders from an old HDD to a USB pen drive, where they are currently stored. I want to permanently delete the files, for security reasons, as they were synched to the hard drive from Google Drive.
What I am unsure of is; if I delete the files directly off the USB drive, using a file shredder program, will the files still be recoverable from the old HDD. Or will the best solution be to copy all the folders & files back onto the original HDD and delete them using a file shredder from there.
Thanks for any help on this.

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27 Feb 2014   #2
whs
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Either way. Easiest would be to run a Clean All command a few times on both. Then you write zeros over the space - each time you run the Clean All.
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02 Mar 2014   #3

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Welcome to Seven Forums GenZod04. What whs suggested will suffice, no need to copy them back. If you want to go further.

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