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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.

Thanks.

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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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