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Windows 7: Index.dat in 2011 After All MS Updates to Windows 7

22 May 2012   #31

windows 7 platinum 32 & 64 bit

the trick to the index.dat file is NOT delete them. remove their content. an example being a word document that you have created, no longer want. if you delete it, there are forensic tools that can recover it. open it, delete its content, and then save it. there are no tools to recover changed content. same holds true for the index.dat files. the absolute best tool i have found is index.dat analyzer (Systenance Software) it does just that, and it is FREE. this works with xp, vista, w7 - 32 & 64 bit versions of each, there are 7 pc's in my home, all with different versions of windows.

i also use vssadmin at the command prompt to delete all the shadow copies the system creates. if there is a system error or failure, i have my system data backup disks to recover from. corrupt file, i extract and replace it. i maintain my system(s) i do not rely upon anything 'automatic'.

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22 May 2012   #32

XP / Win7 x64 Pro

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wjhnsn View Post
there are no tools to recover changed content. same holds true for the index.dat files.
That is incorrect.
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