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Windows 7: Deleting stuff on external drive

15 Sep 2016   #1

Windows 7 Professional
Deleting stuff on external drive

I have several external drives that I want to give to a friend. When info is "deleted," does it still remain on the drive like a hard drive, or is the drive really wiped clean? ec

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15 Sep 2016   #2

Windows 7x64 Home Premium SP1

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ellenc View Post
When info is "deleted," does it still remain on the drive like a hard drive
Yes the data remains until it is overwritten. The data is simply marked as available to be overwritten.
To Clean the drive have a look at this:
Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command
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15 Sep 2016   #3

Windows 7 Home Premium, 64-bit

The cipher command also allows you to securely erase a drive: How to securely overwrite deleted files with a built-in Windows tool
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16 Sep 2016   #4
Layback Bear

Windows 10 Pro. 64/ version 1709 Windows 7 Pro/64

As mjf has posted; I have used and recommend this.

Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command

I have never used this.

How to securely overwrite deleted files with a built-in Windows tool

But we do have a tutorial by Golden which might be helpful.

Cipher Command - Overwrite Deleted Data in Windows
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16 Sep 2016   #5

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

DBAN, Dave[?] Boot and Nuke is another way to sure-fire delete an entire hard-drive; just make sure it is aimed at the correct hard-drive, external boot devices can and sometimes do shuffle the drive letters.
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