deleting truecrypt container

Discussion in 'privacy technology' started by beethoven, Dec 24, 2007.

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  1. beethoven

    beethoven Registered Member

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    Just wanted to verify that if I delete a truecrypt container that is not mounted, will that free up the space allocated?

    I have a usb flashdriveof 8gb and created a container of 5gb. I lost the password of the container (but as it was all just backup, it does not matter). Normally I would have mounted the container, deleted stuff not needed and then dismounted again. Since I cannot mount the container, I am hoping to delete the file itself containing the container and thus making the space available again. Will this work?
     
  2. dantz

    dantz Registered Member

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    Yes, when you delete an unmounted 5GB container file you are merely deleting a large file and you should get the entire 5GB back immediately. Unmounted container files can be copied, moved, deleted, whatever you want. They are just large files.
     
  3. beethoven

    beethoven Registered Member

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    Thanks for confirming this :)
     
  4. Mrkvonic

    Mrkvonic Linux Systems Expert

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    Hello,
    If you create a partition volume - then you'll have to format / remove that partition to free the space.
    Mrk
     
  5. dantz

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    Agreed. However, the OP stated that he is using a container file, which is much simpler to deal with.
     
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