My business is looking for a way to delete files from their sharepoint pages permanently making them untraceable and unrecoverable.

When we delete them now they go into a recycle bin, we can then delete them from there however they go into a secondary recycle bin and are kept in there for a period of time before sharepoint deletes them. From here I believe they are still on the drive just waiting to be over written.

What is the best way to ensure these files cannot be recovered.



You can delete them from the secondary recycle bin which will remove their entry completely from the content database.

  • Could they still be recovered forensically from the hard drive? – Nectar-Bomb Nov 6 '18 at 21:51
  • SharePoint content resides in a database (usually) and not on disk like a file system. Once they're deleted from the database they're not recoverable except from backups of the database. – Trevor Seward Nov 6 '18 at 21:53
  • Can the files be easily removed from the backups of the db so there is no trace? – Nectar-Bomb Nov 6 '18 at 22:06

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