Wiping free SSD space on Mac with Windows 7 VM (Parallels)

Discussion in 'Windows Guest OS Discussion' started by Beermati, May 10, 2018.

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  1. Beermati

    Beermati Bit Poster

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    Hi how can I securely clean the free space for files deleted in the Windows 7 VM if I would like to use a program like Eraser? Do I run it in the Windows VM or natively on the Mac? Would I compress the virtual disk as part of this process? TIA!
     
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  3. Beermati

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    Hi, thanks for the reply!

    No, that article seems to deal with reclaiming space by Mac from the VM, which is not my issue.

    I have large files and directories in Windows 7 that I deleted, so it bypassed the recycle bin/ trash can and therefore, my secure deletion software. My software can securely "wipe" free space (using three pass method, for example.). Because the VM uses a variable partition, I'm not sure how to clean the Windows free space. I was supprised that I couldn't find anything in forum or on web, it can't be that uncommon of an issue for VM users. Thx!
     

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