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[[!meta title="Deleting the Persistent Storage"]]
Start Tails from the USB stick on which you want to delete the Persistent Storage.
In the Welcome Screen, keep the Persistent Storage locked.
Choose **Applications** ▸ **Tails** ▸ **Persistent Storage**.
Click **Delete** in the right of the title bar.
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<p>This technique is fast but might not prevent a strong attacker from
recovering files from an old Persistent Storage using advanced [[data
recovery techniques|encryption_and_privacy/secure_deletion#why]].</p>
<p>To securely delete the Persistent Storage, you have to [[securely
delete the entire USB stick|encryption_and_privacy/secure_deletion#device]],
which is a much slower operation.</p>