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You can do it with find like so (to stay close to your original command) sudo find /mnt/sdb/ -type f -exec shred -v -n 1 {} + You should run it without -exec first so you can verify the list of files. However, if you've already removed files using regular rm, or overwritten files by editing or copying them, those files may still exist in the "free" space ...


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Assuming you have sufficient access rights to the device, you should be able to access the hidden partition from the VM by creating a special vmdk file that will map the raw partition to a virtual device. You need to first identify the wanted partition with something like: C:\Program Files\Oracle\VirtualBox> VBoxManage internalcommands listpartitions ...



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