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How do I permanently delete already deleted files?


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Willy Wonka

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Okay, so I bought a laptop from a friend of mine a couple months back. My girlfriend wants to borrow the laptop next week as her sister will be using her's while she's on vacation. Problem: I have pictures/convos of another girl who I was close to, which I have 'deleted' using the Recycle Bin. But I want to get rid of them permanently, is it possible to delete already 'deleted' files? If so, how?

Thank you in advance.

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Edited by Willy Wonka, 19 October 2005 - 10:02 PM.

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Michael

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You can't get a program do it. If you must defragment you hard drive then make a folder and put some big files it it and keeping copying a pasting them in to the folder until you hard drive is almost full and then delete the folder. all old information on your hard drive that has been deleted in that past will then be overwritten.

Just as a note using special methods the information could still be recovered, but only crime labs to to have the equipment to do so.

Edit: We have had problems with people posting topics with no post in them, it is some error it is being worked on.

EDIT 2: I think dsenette is also right, I just don't what to get involved in that kind of thing.

Edited by Michael Buckley, 20 October 2005 - 05:21 PM.

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um....if you delete the files....then empty the recycle bin....that should be good enough...unless your girlfriend is good at computer forensics....and has a reason not to trust you....and has at least an idea that those files where there and where they were originally...and what they were originally named.....if you're that worried about her finding these files....maybe your problem isn't with deleting the files....but...communicating with your girlfriend
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