Why not make a backup copy before you empty the trash if you fear losing something?

While what's in the trash is not usable by apps, some folk won't accept that so why not the backup before you empty the trash?

Finally there is so little told about the machine that I can't offer much advice. We know the old XP DMA BUG is alive and well and will not be fixed. At least we can fix that every few months if we know about this site -> http://winhlp.com/node/10