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Arrow Deleted Files? - September 9th 2009, 05:53 PM

I was just wondering if there's a chance to recover the files that had been deleted from the recycle bin? I went on Yahoo Answers and it says there's a software I could install to get my files back but I don't want to install anything that doesn't seem promising. Also, how could you permanently delete files from your computer?

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Re: Deleted Files? - September 9th 2009, 07:25 PM

Well I know the only true way to delete a file forever is to physicaly smash and then burn the hard disc in a furnace/acid
   
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Re: Deleted Files? - September 9th 2009, 10:36 PM

Im not sure hows it done, but you can chose a date to 'reset' the computer to. And if you set it to say 1 month before you deleted your files...the computer should restore your files.

Like I said, not sure how to do it, but it doesnt need a programme or any downloading, you just do it from an option in the computer/laptop.


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Re: Deleted Files? - September 9th 2009, 10:45 PM

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Im not sure hows it done, but you can chose a date to 'reset' the computer to. And if you set it to say 1 month before you deleted your files...the computer should restore your files.

Like I said, not sure how to do it, but it doesnt need a programme or any downloading, you just do it from an option in the computer/laptop.
http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/u...emrestore.mspx
   
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Re: Deleted Files? - September 10th 2009, 05:59 AM

System restore doesn't touch any of your files. If you want to recover your files, there's a program called UndeletePlus which I've used and is quite good. RecoverMyFiles and OnTrack EasyRecovery are both commercial good programs. Remember to never install any software on the same drive as the deleted files, as you run the risk of overwriting them. Also, it's best to make an image of the drive before touching it, so that in case you do accidentally do some damage, you can restore the image backup and start again.

If you want to make sure your files can't ever be recovered, first step to take would be to encrypt them. Believe me, just a simple freeware encryption program can make it a million times more difficult to recover useful information from a file than any other individual technique. Step two is to use a file shredder on the encrypted file.
Then use a clean up tool like CCleaner or another program that can clear out slack space and deleted files etc.
That would be enough to make sure no one can ever recover your files.

If, however, that isn't enough, my personal favourite would be DBAN (Dariks Boot and Nuke). It's a powerful formatting system that destroys every last bit and byte of information on the hard drive in such a way that it can never be recovered. Put it into Guttman or DoD Full mode, in addition to the three steps above, you'll never get anything from that drive. Note: it will completely destroy all data on the hard drive, not even your partition data will survive.

And if that isn't enough, check out this article: Top 10 Hard Disk Destruction Methods.

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Re: Deleted Files? - September 10th 2009, 06:42 AM

System restore doesn't actually get the files back. If they're in a folder it'll just put an empty folder there with nothing in it which is kind of annoying because then you jsut have to delete all those empty folders again.

Formatting's a good way to get rid of data you don't want but it gets rid of everything on the drive.
   
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