I refer to the following link:
I am trying to ensure security of deleted files when copying from one machine to another.
The original poster asked if simply copying and pasting some files using windows explorer and an external hard drive or usb from one machine to another also copied free space. The answer to that was no according to the replies.
My query is along the same lines:
- If I right click on the entire C Drive in Windows Explorer and do a simple copy and paste to an external hard drive and then transfer to another computer am I copying previously deleted files sitting in the free space as well as the files in use? Or is it just the files in use that get copied? Note: I copied with windows explorer from my machine (windows vista) to another machine (windows 7) via an external hard drive.
- Is copy and paste with windows explorer a "file copy" and in no way copies free space as opposed to a "bitwise" copy which would copy traces of deleted files?
- The original replies also stated deleted traces in the free space would only be copied by either hardware or software cloning. What is hardware cloning? Is it creating an "image" of the hard drive and is it bitwise or file based?
- Can cloning of a hard drive take place by simply copying and pasting with windows explorer to an external hard drive or does windows explorer just copy undeleted files?