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How do you fully get rid of deleted files?

Discussion in 'General Software' started by GLD, Dec 2, 2012.

  1. GLD

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    I recently found the program Recuva from Piriform. I ran the scan for pictures and was surprised at the "deleted" pics in found on my computer. Pics I never downloaded. Pics that must have been in the background of web pages I have visited, image searches etc. I see in the progy I can overwright the files to make them unrecoverable, but is it possible to fully remove the files (pics, docs, vids, etc.) so they don't keep showing up in a scan? :confused:
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    FordGT90Concept "I go fast!1!11!1!"

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    That's the best you're going to get without destroying the drive. Do not use programs like that on SSDs.
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    If I remember correctly, that would quickly wear out an SSD, wouldn't it? A single pass erase should be fine though.
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    Yes, additionally, SSDs have physical bits in them: they can't simutaneously store two values like a magnetized plate can. That's why they're easier to "erase" but they also have limited number of writes so one should refrain from doing so unless absolutely necessary.
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    If you run ccleaner for example and use secure deletion in the settings you wont see anything left.
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    Thank's guys. Just plain 'ole sata drives in my system.
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    If I use secure deletion on an SSD drive will that damage it at all?
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    Aquinus Resident Wat-man

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    It won't "damage" it if you do a single-pass but you will most likely reduce your SSD's life every time it is done which could eventually cause it to fail.
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    It's not actual deletion. It just overwrites data with random jibberish stuff or 1s and 0s (depends on data killing method).
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