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Permanently deleting things

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#1 Kat_xp


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Posted 10 December 2004 - 06:19 PM

Hello everyone, I'm new to this forum. I'm just wondering, once my cache and cookies have been deleted, and if I empty my recycling bin, are all the files permanently deleted?

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#2 JEservices


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Posted 10 December 2004 - 06:54 PM

In a simple word-yes. They are deleted. If you are really concerned about them returning, you can restart the computer, and that will lower the chances of recovery. Even then, you would have to purchase software designed to "find" it.

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Posted 10 December 2004 - 10:28 PM

Those files are deleted, in the sense that the OS cannot find them, and the space they once occupied is now available. But, until overwritten, the information still exists on your hard drive. Deleteing items is much like ripping out the table of contents to a book---the actual chapters are still there.
There are several free programmes out there that will actually overwrite any chosen instances; my own preference is Eraser, at tolvanen.com, but Spybot has a shredder, as well.
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Posted 10 December 2004 - 11:35 PM

Have you tried using cleanup?

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