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t-man

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I have Tuneup Utilities 2006 and after I formatted my HD I can still do the Tuneup Undelete and see files from before I formatted. It shows the path to the files but I can not get to them because the folders do not exist. Does anyone know of an application that can get rid of these recovery files so that they do not take up space?
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All you've done is what's known as a high-level format. This basically doesn't delete the files as such, just removes the disk references to the files and scatters them about. Any program such as that can get them back.

Couple of things you can do:

1) Low-Level format, which isn't recommended you try anyway because you'll screw the entire drive up if the process gets interrupted

2) Format it a few times inc ripping partitions out and formatting that way

3) Google a sector-wipe program which basically writes a series of 1's and 0's to every single sector on the drive.

This aside though, the files aren't taking up space as such in Windows. They're basically being seen as orphans - al your Tuneup software will do is make them visible to Windows' disk count. Windows will automatically overwrite these rements as the disk fills up.
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