Want to win a PS4? Go Premium and enter to win our High-Tech Treats giveaway. Enter to Win

x
?
Solved

Will Delete File Fragments Copy to New Drive?

Posted on 2011-09-21
1
Medium Priority
?
442 Views
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
Win 7 Home, Dell Dimension 9100 desktop.  I have purchased a 2TB WD hard drive to replace a 640GB WD drive.  The old drive has a lot of confidential business information on it that I am planning to delete.  Even after deleting I realize that it actually still there and could be recovered by someone wishing malicious intent.  If I copy or clone the drive to the new one, will deleted fragments be copied to the new drive?  I am considering using Norton Ghost or WD's program to transfer my files.  Afterward I would use a wipe program to completely remove the file fragments from the old drive.  I just want to be sure that I am not copying this info (or fragments) over to the new drive where there would be any chance of recovery.
0
Comment
Question by:MJeffcoat
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
1 Comment
 
LVL 29

Accepted Solution

by:
Dr. Klahn earned 2000 total points
ID: 36579455
Unless the copy is done block-by-block, the deleted file fragments will not appear on the new disk -- IF -- the deleted files have already been emptied from the Recycle Bin.  Disk cloning programs operate much faster by copying only valid files, so this is the normal method of transfer.  Block copy / image copy mode usually must be enabled as an option.

Do not wipe the old drive until you are completely sure that everything that could conceivably be needed has been copied.  Then wipe it using Secure Erase, MHDD or your preferred disk utility.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: IP Lookup

Get more info about an IP address or domain name, such as organization, abuse contacts and geolocation.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

When you try to extract and to view the contents of a Microsoft Update Standalone Package (MSU) for Windows Vista, you cannot extract the files from the MSU. Here we are going to explain how to extract those hotfix details without using any third pa…
In this article we will learn how to backup a VMware farm using Nakivo Backup & Replication. In this tutorial we will install the software on a Windows 2012 R2 Server.
This Micro Tutorial will give you a basic overview of Windows Live Photo Gallery and show you various editing filters and touches to photos you can apply. This will be demonstrated using Windows Live Photo Gallery on Windows 7 operating system.
The viewer will learn how to successfully download and install the SARDU utility on Windows 8, without downloading adware.
Suggested Courses

610 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question