How can I shred this folder?

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  1. lurningcerv

    lurningcerv Registered Member

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    I used the shred command to wipe a partition. Everything is gone in that partition now except a folder called "lost+found". It is owned by root, and if I look for files by the dir command as root, there is nothing in the folder. But gparted shows that there is 2.91 GB of used space in this partition, which I am assuming must be in this lost+found folder. How can I see what these files are and securely delete them?
     
  2. zapjb

    zapjb Registered Member

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    Afaik it's reserved space not used space.
     
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    lotuseclat79 Registered Member

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    Hi lurningcerv,

    Given that you have shredded the partition (i.e. the shred command can do everything the wipe command can do) and gparted shows 2.91GB of used space (which Mrk states is not used but reserved), you might just want to consider launching Disk Utility and reformatting the partition to its original state - if that is what you are aiming to do.

    -- Tom
     
  5. J_L

    J_L Registered Member

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    If you want to recover the space try (note that 0 can be any % and sda can be any drive):
    sudo tune2fs -m 0 /dev/sda
     
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