VirtualBox

Ticket #10279 (closed defect: fixed)

Opened 2 years ago

Last modified 23 months ago

Wrong option to zero out the free disk space on Windows

Reported by: Ervin Varga Owned by:
Priority: minor Component: documentation
Version: VirtualBox 4.1.8 Keywords: user manual
Cc: Guest type: other
Host type: other

Description

On page 129 (in the part, which explains the --compact option) of the User Manual (PDF version) the text erroneously describes how to zero out the free disk space on Windows. Namely, the following command is not correct:

sdelete -c

it should be

sdelete -z

Change History

comment:1 Changed 2 years ago by frank

The -c switch is mentioned also in other sources. Do you know for sure the difference between -c and -z? Microsoft only says the -z is good for virtual disks, is there any more information available?

comment:2 Changed 2 years ago by frank

I even read the suggestion to use both parameters together.

comment:3 Changed 2 years ago by schneibva

sdelete -z is the correct syntax.

comment:4 Changed 23 months ago by frank

  • Status changed from new to closed
  • Resolution set to fixed

Thanks, fixed in the documentation. The fix will be part of the next maintenance release.

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