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IEATNOOBS

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i was wondering when u delete files do they still stay on your computer memory
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When you delete files they remain on your hard drive allocated as "ready to be overwritten", unless you use the recycle bin, where they will be intact and ready to restore with a click. Computer "memory" is kind of a misnomer because once the power is off, it's empty.

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then is there a free software i can download that will delete the files
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The only way to permanently remove files from your hard drive is to overwrite them, and there is forensic software that might be able to recover files that have been overwitten several times. If you delete the files and then empty your recycle bin, an "ordinary" XP user will not be able to retrieve the files.

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