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#1 BickBC

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 12:32 AM

Do I need to worry about space on my computer when deleting files through the Recycle Bin? If you can recover the files, doesn't that mean they're still there somewhere?

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 01:18 AM

If the files are still in the Recycle bin, then they are indeed still there intact on the drive, and you will not have recovered the space they occupy. If you empty the recycle bin, the space they occupied will become available for use. The contents of the files themselves will still be on the drive, and could be recovered, but as their locations have become available for use, their previous contents can be overwritten by new files. If this happens, trying to recover the old files will result in part or all of them having the new contents.
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 02:51 PM

As Platypus explained, when you delete something through the Recycle Bin, the space formerly occupied by what you deleted is marked as "free space". Windows will freely plow over this free space as needed. The data can still be recovered until it has been overwritten. Recuva is a good file recovery program I use and recommend.

If you want to ensure that files you delete are gone forever, I recommend using a file shredding program like FS File Shredder. I use it with good results. :thumbsup:
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Posted 02 May 2010 - 02:58 PM

Btw, if you know that you will not want to retrieve a file from the Recycle Bin later that you're fixing to delete then you can highlight the file and click Shift + Delete where the file will be deleted without being moved into the Recycle Bin.

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Posted 02 May 2010 - 09:01 PM

Yep, I use that one all the time. :thumbsup:
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Posted 03 May 2010 - 12:22 AM

Thanks, I just wanted to make sure. And yeah, I do use Shift + Delete :thumbsup:.




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