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  1. Can't answer your questions, but I have always ticked this box, with no (noticable) bad effect. I don't notice any Office-related files coming up in the delete list, so maybe I have nothing there to clean. In other word ticking this box seems safe to me.
  2. Augeas

    CCleaner vs Eraser

    Doesn't CC run the analysis stage anyway however you use it, so running Clean right away is just as long, but it saves one click I suppose. Rambo just sprays bullets from his huge weapon in all directions and the opposition (mainly foreigners, so we don't worry so much) just drop like flies. Yet when twenty of the baddies spray him, he miraculously manages to dodge all of the flak. I wish I knew where he bought his lucky headband. The best must be Lewis last night. During an interview he takes a dna swab from the suspects. A few minutes later a knock on the door and - It's a match, Guv! By the way, CCleaner is excellent, just the right mix of usefulness and dangerousness for most users. I haven't used Eraser though. Rgds.
  3. Augeas

    CCleaner vs Eraser

    CC takes a long time in the analysis stage when one isn't overwriting anything. I don't use secure delete as my normal option and I wait. Yes, 35 overwrites is the equivalent to Silvester Stallone movies - you just don't have to use that many bullets.
  4. If you open the Info tab for the file, does it say that the file has been overwritten?
  5. What's the significance of the pear?
  6. I should be a little careful when modifying the registry until you're more familiar with it. I believe that CCleaner is a fairly safe registry cleaner, erring on the cautious side, but it's best to backup of course and then just clean a few known things at a time until you are more confident (I don't have a clean registry, I'm a little cautious too). If you see anything that obvoiusly belongs to software you no longer have, such as - in my case - AOL or McAfee, then clean that up. Delete entries one at a time and look at the reason that CC gives, if it says left over from an install or removal then it is probably OK to get rid of it. I don't think that an untidy registry slows the PC down much, if at all. I guess the registry is indexed so the spare entries don't really do any harm, except as an afront to your sense of tidyness.
  7. If a usb isn't large enough then a usb attached hard drive will do, or you can keep swapping the flash drive and copying data to your backup pc. I don't think you have a cat in hell's chance of recovering 48gb of usable data. You may be lucky with some folders, but don't put money on it. I have never used Windows System Restore, so can't really advise. I don't think it restores data files but you may be lucky with the program files folder. I'm sure someone here will know about it. Rgds.
  8. Do you mean that you've removed a program using Windows Control Panel Add/Remove? If so then you will have to reinstall the program, as it will be almost impossible to identify the deleted files and folders, and there are other associated changes, register entries, etc.
  9. To ensure that you have the best chance of recovering deleted files you should stop all activity on the disk, and on your pc if that is what it means, immediately. In other words leave your pc booted up and either use another pc or a friend's pc to initiate the recovery process. Every time you boot up your pc, or open your browser, or email, or post to this site, or touch anything on your pc you are writing files, temporary or otherwise, to your hard drive. These files will be written in the most effective place on your hard drive to allow fast write and retrieval. They will be put in free space on top of whatever deleted files were there before. The more activity there is on this drive the more likely that files you want to be recovered will be overwritten. Overwritten files cannot be recovered. This is the reason why Recuva asks if you want to recover to the same drive. It's bad practice. On another pc download and install Recuva to a usb device. Plug the usb into your problem pc. Run Recuva and recover what files you want to the usb. Continue until you have all the files you want or can find. Then you can start reloading them to your problem pc. The condition of the deleted files, excellent, poor etc is an attempt by Recuva to classify the file and is not necessarily that accurate. If you look at the file info and it says that this file has been overwritten then it's highly unlikely that you will get anything back from it. If it doesn't say that then there's an excellent chance of recovery. Good luck!
  10. Augeas

    Disabling Comment

    Is there any way of disabling the Comment operation in Recuva? Scan is very fast, but when stage 2 is entered, extracting info to load into the Comment column, it takes quite a while (OK, a few seconds). I don't particularly want to see the status of all the umpteen thousand deleted files on my hard drive, so can I skip this step?
  11. Yep. I think it also shows that we use our pcs in widely (or wildly) varying ways - what one user thinks is a brilliant tweak another user will never need. Rgds.
  12. If you have no luck with the above try unticking Window Size/Location Cache in Cleaner Advanced.
  13. Just sort in date order, then select. Use the Filename or Path option. I think we have a fairly wide selection capability, but I guess the developers are the referees. Rgds.
  14. Yes, but why would you want to do that more than say, once or twice in your life? If you need regular mass secure deletions or recoveries of hundreds or thousands of files then perhaps there's a better way of managing your pc. Secure deletion is far better done with a different application (say CC?) and recovery after deletion is inherently unstable. If you want to wash your disk use a disk washer. This isn't what Recuva is designed to do, or does very well.
  15. Yes. Click on the State column to sort in Excellent, Poor, etc order. Then highlight the first excellent, hold down shift, and tick on the last excellent. Then right click and click on Check Highlighted. Then decide what to do with it! Rgds.
  16. Well, try it. Recuva certainly worked on ME when I had such a piece of kit, up to a few months ago. That was before secure deletion came along, but I can't see why you should have any trouble.
  17. Well, I never noticed that before. I though that was just how it works....
  18. I only have Old Prefetch Data, User Assist History, and Custom Files and Folders ticked under Advanced. I think that some of the others clear out just too much for me, passwords, folder view options, etc. The 'dangerous' ones give a warning when you tick them. I should be more wary of registry cleaning until you are more familiar with CC, and then go softly!
  19. I think you flatter my skills, Davey! I have noticed, by looking at deleted files with Recuva, that those secureley deleted by CC which are in the MFT are overwritten with zeroes (I only do one overwrite). However if you select secure delete on these files with Recuva it will fail, as the file is in the MFT. That leads me to conclude that CC does something simple such as overwrite the file to be deleted with zeroes, rename it, and then delete it. That's given away a few secrets. Recuva, on the other had, possibly can't do the same trick, as it would have to manipulate the MFT directly instead of using operating system (Windows) read/write/delete commands. Overall, I'm rather glad Recuva doesn't try to tweak the MFT. A day or so ago I had to securely delete some 50 gb of old data, a large amount for me, a load of old backups I was consolidating. When this was done I checked with Recuva and found about four files which hadn't been renamed or overwritten. I securely deleted them (except for one which was in the MFT!) and eventually these files were overwritten by new files. I wonder if some files are in some way unavailable to CC when it runs? Either locked, or in the swap file, or yet to be committed to disk? I don't know, just speculating. It all keeps the brain active, what few cells are left.
  20. There is info on what a new release does in the announcment on this forum and also on Piriform's web pages. Filehippo is a separate entity so perhaps we have to put up with a few clicks in return for them offerring a hosting service. A few clicks every month or so is no great deal. The last thing I want is auto update. The times I've sat here waiting for a pdf file to display and there's some hidden window asking, no telling, me to update. I'd sooner run my own pc than have it tell me what to do. Rgds.
  21. We all know we can disable Thumbs.db... but deleting them will refresh it. Does it? I have thumbs disabled, deleted all the old thumbs.db, and none reappeared. Rgds.
  22. Augeas


    As far as I know CC will only clean files on the c, or system, hard drive. If you want to clean files on other drives they have to be included in the Options - Include section. I assume you haven't done this. Have you actually lost anything that's on the ipod, or have you lost something that enables you to play music through your pc from the ipod, or lost files which were on your pc waiting to be transferred to your ipod? CC is, like many houshold products, a fairly mild cleaner. Rgds.
  23. In Options - Cookies you can hold onto all the cookies you want. There is no option to keep specific urls, but I guess Favorites does more or less that. Rgds.
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