are shredded files removed from h/d

  ripvan 19:04 02 Dec 2004

If you use a file shredding prog are the files completely removed form your hard drive? Or are the 'shreds' left on the system taking up disc space?

  Diodorus Siculus 19:11 02 Dec 2004

They are gone - not taking up space (or at least the space can be overwritten by any data that needs the space).

  Dan the Confused 19:12 02 Dec 2004

The space occupied by the file is written over a number of times to prevent it ever being recoverable, this is called shredding. When you delete a file it just marks it as being deleted and the actual data is still on the disk until it is written over by another file.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:13 02 Dec 2004

No files are EVER removed from your hard drive, this is why data recovery programs can sometimes get them back whole or in part.#

Shredding overwrites the file several times to make it unreadable, if windows cannot read where a file is on a disk it then uses that space for another file.

  GANDALF <|:-)> 19:57 02 Dec 2004

Unless you have a vast 'collection' of dodgier Pr0n or work as a spook, there is no need to go to great lenghts to delete a file.


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