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I'm able to obtain file names and their contents from vdi image using grep despite the files were deleted. Example output:

MICROS~3.DLLans0��1FR�b��?,|�R��?,|�R��?,|�R�� !Microsoft.Transactions.Bridge.dll�H^@�x�x�1_��9�����yFILE0��m8��`HFR�b��FR�b��o�}�R��o�}�R�� �0xZ1FR�b��o�}�R��o�}�R��o�}�R�� 

When I mount the vdi image using vdfuse, grep can't find the same information. I've also tried wiping free space with sdelete, but without effect. How could I remove this information?

Update: Example output with email:

file.ext.LCK0xZ��0̮=T��0̮=T��0̮=T��0̮=T�� 
                                                                      FILEEX~1.LCK�X<NAMENAMENAME__aaaaaaaaa@aaaa.aaa.aa�����yGFILE0��l8��`H�y���y��v�R��v�R�� �0xZ1�y��O�t�R��O�t�R��O�t�R�� 
  • You want some sort of free space sanitation utility. Note that such is normally distinct from rewriting unused parts of the file system. This is unrelated to VirtualBox. Keep in mind that outright software recommendation questions are off-topic on Super User. – a CVn May 18 '15 at 11:09
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For me, this seems to be the directory entry on a FAT filesystem, not the actual contents of the file. Just defragment the drive to get rid of deleted file entries from directories.

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  • It's just an example. There are also deleted files with emails and names. And does sdelete do the same task? – Im ieee May 18 '15 at 10:39
  • sdelete -z C: promises to zero out unused space on the drive. Also promises to optimize virtual disk usage, but I have no idea how virtualbox decides what parts of disk can be made sparse. technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb897443.aspx – wigy May 18 '15 at 10:45
  • I'm using it with -c flag. I've added an example with email to the question. – Im ieee May 18 '15 at 10:58

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