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[[!meta title="Delete the Persistent Volume"]]
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[[!inline pages="doc/first_steps/persistence.caution" raw="yes"]]

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To delete the persistent volume of a USB stick, choose
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<span class="menuchoice">
  <span class="guimenu">Applications</span>&nbsp;▸
  <span class="guisubmenu">Tails</span>&nbsp;▸
  <span class="guimenuitem">Delete persistent storage</span></span>, and click
  on the <span class="guilabel">Delete</span> button.

This can be useful in order to delete all the files saved to the persistent
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volume in a single operation. You can later create a new persistent volume on
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the same USB stick without having to reinstall Tails.

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<div class="caution">
<strong>This technique may not prevent an attacker to recover the files of the
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old persistent volume using [[data
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recovery techniques|encryption_and_privacy/secure_deletion#index1h1]].</strong>
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For more security, start Tails from another media, and do the following
operations on the USB stick that you want to delete securely:
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<ol>
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<li>[[Create an encrypted partition|encryption_and_privacy/encrypted_volumes]]
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on the whole USB stick. This step erases both Tails and the persistent volume
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from the USB stick.</li>
<li>[[Securely clean all the available disk
space|encryption_and_privacy/secure_deletion#index4h1]] on this new encrypted
partition.</li>
<li>[[Reinstall Tails|usb_installer]] on the USB stick.</li>
<li>Start Tails from the USB stick and [[create a new persistent
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volume|persistence/configure]].</li>
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</ol>
</div>