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Wiping Free Space of your External Hard Drive

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#1 Josef1994


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Posted 13 September 2013 - 08:12 AM

I'm thinking of wiping the free space of my external hard disk using CCleaner. Does this harm my external hard drive?



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Posted 13 September 2013 - 08:59 AM

If you haven't read the Ccleaner instructions for wiping free space, here is a link to them. It can be a lengthy process

depending on the number of times you choose to overwrite and the volume of deleted files you are overwriting.

Piriform - Wiping free disk space


As far as the risk goes of doing that, I doubt anyone could tell you for certain you will or will not damage files

you didn't want to overwrite. As a precaution, you could copy the keepers to another drive until you finish the overwrite.

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Posted 13 September 2013 - 05:24 PM

As a precaution, you could copy the keepers to another drive until you finish the overwrite.

When in doubt, backup!   :bananas:

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