While on the subject.. do you know of a freeware that will permanently delete the thousands of 'previously deleted' files on my system?
And..by doing that do I run a risk of damaging something??? My thinking is if I previously deleted it...on purpose.. I don't want it on my system.
I never have had a need to recover any deleted files...yet. Possibly the tracks may have been over written, but you would think the program would have found something. It's free and I like free. Sorry it didn't work for you. The longer you use your PC, the less chance you have of recovery.
As to the above question, are you asking from a security standpoint? Do you want your files shredded? If you have Spybot's Search and Destroy on your PC, you can use the File Shredder that's available. Think you have to use the Advance mode of S & D to get the Tools tab to show. I open Explorer to my HD and find the folders/files I want to shred and just highlight either the whole folder or a series of individual files then drag and drop them into S & D's window. Click the button and they shred as many times as you've selected.
There is a data recovery service I know about that charges about $250+ if they recover data from a disk, but I'm sure most people haven't got something that important on their HD. File deletion even after "emptying" the Recycle Bin is not a sure thing as it can be recovered with the right recovery tool. Same if you use Shift+Delete sequence. Best is to shred files to begin with. If you are disposing of a HD with sensitive stuff, there are several utilities that will safely delete data. Then you can smash, burn, staple and mutilate HD.