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where do items go after deleted from recycle bin

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i was just wondering after you delete something and it goes to the recycle bin, then u go to the recycle bin and delete it there, where does the item go after that? is it completely erased? how can i get it completely off my computer?

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When you delete it from the recycle bin, you are really only deleting the pointer to the file...the file actually remains on the drive and can sometimes be recovered.

There are various programs that can do this....plus there are various programs that can truly and deeply shred the file address (for lack of a better word) and the actual clusters the data reside in. Even these can be sometimes recovered, depending on how hard you want to work at it.

Here's one:


there are many others
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