Windows 10: Cipher vs Format on non-system disks

  1.    3 Days Ago #1

    Cipher vs Format on non-system disks


    No question, just raising a subject to see whether I am right or wrong...


    cipher /W:X
    versus
    format X: /fs:NTFS /p:2

    cipher takes quite a long time, even for a small disk.
    (as a test: cipher took about 40 minutes for a 5GB HDD-partition)

    for non-system disks (like backups) :
    temporarily copy all folders and files to another drive
    run above Format-cmd (admin)
    and restore the folders and files

    will probably a much faster way.
    drawback: one may not have sufficient free space to move/copy hundreds of GB (or even a few TBs)...
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  2.    3 Days Ago #2

    I just use Alternate File Shredder Alternate Tools - Alternate File Shredder to overwrite free space (including deleted file) and not kill whole disk. it takes about 30 minutes per TB on HDDs. I wouldn't do that to SSDs.
      My ComputersSystem Spec

  3.    3 Days Ago #3

    Did you ever look what is being displayed when running Recuva, deep scan mode, immediately after wipe free space.
    Over the last week I have been searching/checking secure delete tools, etc. and stumbled over the Alternate File Shredder.
    Haven't tested it though. For secure deleting files I use WipeFile. It is natively portable, support context menu, renames files and folders, fast and small and Recuva indeed shows randomly renamed folders/files.
    It does not include WFS though.
      My ComputerSystem Spec

  4.    3 Days Ago #4

    tfwul said: View Post
    Did you ever look what is being displayed when running Recuva, deep scan mode, immediately after wipe free space.
    Over the last week I have been searching/checking secure delete tools, etc. and stumbled over the Alternate File Shredder.
    Haven't tested it though. For secure deleting files I use WipeFile. It is natively portable, support context menu, renames files and folders, fast and small and Recuva indeed shows randomly renamed folders/files.
    It does not include WFS though.
    Didn't really try to see if anything is recoverable but I do it only to gain on continuous free space, not for security reason.
      My ComputersSystem Spec


 

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