Erasing files in Ubuntu: other devices still see the files
tabenx at gmail.com
Sat Feb 9 23:06:34 UTC 2008
Dotan Cohen wrote:
> On 09/02/2008, debiani386 <debiani386 at gmail.com> wrote:
>> Dotan Cohen wrote:
>> > I have a 1GB USB memory stick. It had photos and text files stored on
>> > it, which I deleted on my Ubuntu (KDE) desktop machine. I then copied
>> > four video files to the stick and put it in my DVD player (which reads
>> > USB sticks as well). The photos and text files were still visible. I
>> > then removed the stick and placed in another Ubuntu (also KDE)
>> > machine, and all I could see were the video files.
>> > What gives? Why are these erased files still visible to other
>> > computers? And why can other Ubuntu machines not see the files? How
>> > can I be sure that sensitive documents that I've erased are in fact
>> > gone?
>> because, if you just do a regular delete (ex, right click then delete,
>> move it to the trash can, or press the delete key on your keyboard),
>> ubuntu will create a .Trash file which is used to recover any deleted
> I pressed shift-delete. I did not move the files to the trash. Nor are
> there any .files on the drive, so there is no .Trash file on the
> drive. At least, not that I can see in Konqueror or Konsole (-a
>> If you press Shift + Delete, it will bypass the trash can and will not
>> create a .Trash folder. I recommend you do the Shift + Delete action
>> only if you know that you will never use the file again.
> That is what I always do when removing files from removable media.
>> Also, other ubuntu computers, by default, hide any files/folders with a
>> "." as their first character. thats probably why ubuntu, by default,
>> doesnt show the .Trash folder like other machines do
> I do not see a .Trash file in either Ubuntu machine (even when looking
> at .files or hidden files) nor on the DVD player (with USB input).
> Dotan Cohen
> A: Because it messes up the order in which people normally read text.
> Q: Why is top-posting such a bad thing?
I'm sorry i should have been more clear. I don't mean a physical screen
on your device i mean when you double click your device and it opens in
a nautilus window. On that window go to file and click empty trash and
tell me how that works.
Hope this helps.
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