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Windows 7: Recycle Bin

10 Sep 2010   #11

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Victek View Post
When you delete a file it can only be recovered if the space it occupies is not overwritten by new data. Since the space is marked "available" after deletion it can be overwritten at any time. For that reason there's no way to know if it can be recovered. It's only "possible" because the file is not immediately overwritten when deleted.
Perfect, I understand. So in Marsmimar's analogy, you can put the books right back on the shelf so long as you haven't put something else in that space. Thanks for everyone's help. +reps!

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10 Sep 2010   #12

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whittling View Post
A helpful analogy, but I don't see how with this space be cleaned, how then can you retrieve what you deleted. Again, this is not what I want to do, you are answering in the direction I am going like zigzag. So, if the label is still on there, is that how I am able to retrieve the file? I have never recovered a deleted file before, do you get the whole thing back or only partial? If you get all of it, how is it possible you can have the space available once you delete it and still have it retrievable?
Well, I'm not an expert so this is what I understand things to be. When you delete something from the hard drive the space it occupied is made available for use so other data can occupy (over-write) the original data. The original data is still occupying that space but (a) it does not count against your available hard drive space and (b) nobody can access the data by the usual methods because it no longer appears in your start menu, windows explorer, any of your files and folders, etc.

I guess what it all boils down to is once data is on a hard drive, it will remain on the drive until it is replaced with some other data. And even then, it might be possible to recover enough of the original data with specialized recovery tools. Maybe this article about the best way to erase a hard drive will explain the mechanics better than I can.
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10 Sep 2010   #13

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit

You may also want to consider a disk cleanup if you constantly are loading and deleting files on your computer. Its pretty simple to use, just be careful of what you allow it to cleanup. You can access it at >start > all programs > accessories > system tools > disk cleanup.

Delete files using Disk Cleanup

sorry disk defragmentor. basically what it does is rearrange all of your data so you dont have "pockets" of unused space. found in the same spot as above except its disk defrag instead of cleanup.

the gif in the wiki is the easiest way to explain it
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