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recycle bin

by gzubin / April 7, 2007 7:27 PM PDT

where does the files go when thay are deleted i did a scan with a program and it said i could delete files from where the delete files go after thay go in to the recyle bin can anyone tell me where thay go to get rid of the all together

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Deleting files...
by John.Wilkinson / April 9, 2007 3:08 AM PDT
In reply to: recycle bin

In short, deleted files go to the recycle bin. The average assumption is that once you empty the recycle bin the files are gone, but as you've now learned that is not accurate. The files actually linger on your hard drive, hidden from you, the user. They will remain until the space containing those individual files is overwritten by new data. Until they are overwritten they can still be recovered using specialty data recovery software.

If you want to get rid of them completely, you need to use a disk cleaner/secure eraser application such as WindowWasher from Webroot. You can use it to permanently erase individual files that have not yet been deleted or permanently erase all files that were previously deleted.

Note that there is no single space on your hard drive that deleted files go can not just browse to a folder and find them. They are outside that realm, existing as magnetic bits waiting to be reused.


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thank you
by gzubin / April 9, 2007 3:24 PM PDT
In reply to: Deleting files...

thanx john for you info i will look for windows washer download and run it i try to keep my computer cleaned, no need for junk on here i think if you delete it should be gone for good

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