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Windows 7: Documents reappearing using Seagate External

03 Jul 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 32bit
Documents reappearing using Seagate External

Et al,

I utilize Windows7 Home Premium 32-bit and a 500gb SeaGate FreeAgent external. Similarly, I have on numerous occassion deleted files and done some cleaning-up (primarily 'My Documents') to no real success because they all come back after having attached my external.

NOTE: I do not perform a Back-up /or/ Sync anything. I simply connect my external via USB in order to locate a saved document already on the external from previous. This is all I do and at some point (not sure if it is after the next reboot or when exactly) but, all deleted docs reappear.

I wanted to let this be known to all of you as previous posts had mentioned back-up and/or syncing, however, I wanted to clarify that I do not do EITHER of these and have the same problem. STILL NO SOLUTION

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03 Jul 2011   #2


I would try a backup software other than Seagate's. Unfortunately, Windows Backup and Restore is only available in Windows 7 Pro and above. There are free versions of most backup/imaging software, but I don't know of any that will back up files (they will back up entire partitions). Their paid versions, however, do.

Backing up the entire partition is a great way to backup, IMO if you have the disk space (an external drive is perfect). Here is a free version of an oft recommended imaging program:

Macrium Reflect FREE Edition - Information and download

If you wish to back up at the file level, you will need to pay for a full version of Macrium or another software. I use and am happy with Acronis True Image 2011.
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03 Jul 2011   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1

Easy solution. Use CCleaner to securely overwrite the recycle bin, and as stated make sure you are deleting the actual file, not a pointer to them. CCleaner link in my sig.

After doing this if the files reappear, then you didn't delete the file.
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03 Jul 2011   #4
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 X64 (Windows 10, 8.1, Linux Mint, Windows XP and others in VM)

I have 2 Seagate freeagent goflex drives. They come with Memo backup software preinstalled that automatically syncs the drive. It is the worse program I have ever seen. I reformatted both drives to remove it. I use Microsoft Synctoy to backup user folders, and it works well. I use Free Macrium to image.
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