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Old 04-04-2005, 08:17 PM   #1
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Question how to delete all traces of already removed files?


There were a bunch of files I did *not* shred like I always do...

shred -fuvxz -n5000 sensitiveFile1 sensitiveFile2 sensitiveFileN...
I just dragged them to the trash bin then emptied it.

Now...How do I delete all traces of those already removed files? Can I remove all the inodes as well?

thank you,
Old 04-04-2005, 08:39 PM   #2
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I don't really know how secure "Shred" is? I used UltraWipe on my XP box that is suppose to overwrite to DOD specs, but is there, (really) anyway to test that?

I would suggest if your D/L sensitive material over the NET to use a LIVE linux distro. All data created and viewed is deleted from RamDisk when re-booted.

Nothing is really secure. If it does not exist then it can't be retrieved.

Old 04-05-2005, 01:59 AM   #3
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kernel: 2.4.22
Distro: suse 9.0 pro

Yeah, you kind of lost me on the Xbox bro. The shred utility is very secure in Unices. But that's not the point.

There were files I just removed by dumping them to the trash bin on the local computer only. Then I just "emptied" the trash bin.

1. Is there any way to remove all traces of files you have "emptied from the trash bin"?

2. Can I delete or remove completely unused inodes?


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