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  1. I'm sure you have something interesting to say, Hotdog, but for the life of me I haven't a clue what it is. Rgds.
  2. I'm confused. How many files were there in the d:\incomplete folder? One? Where do the other deleted files come from? If these files weren't in the incomplete folder then they wouldn't be overwritten, would they? Did CC successfully overwrite your jpg in the incomplete folder and the other files you have found were deleted by other means?
  3. Augeas

    secure deleting

    No problems, I certainly wasn't trying to be in any way dismissive of you or any poster, just trying to get to the bottom of this. I did a little test to try to show what was in a thumbs file - and failed. It is indeed a mystery why these files are still shown. Some time ago I had a url autofill entry that I just couldn't get rid of. I searched everywhere that it should or could be with no avail. I think I found it eventually in one of the more obscure index.dat files and deleted it. So yes, things do hide themselves at times. I hope Novis will let us know when the files do eventually go, and what actions caused them to go, if any. Rgds (to all!).
  4. Augeas

    secure deleting

    It may be a thumbnail, but not, I think, the thumbnail cache. As far as I can see (and test) Thumbs.db does not contain a representation of any image in a form that can be displayed. Of course it's still a good idea to get rid of these annoying helpers that Windows foists upon us, so Novis should do what you advise. Rgds.
  5. And it will be huge. I am a great fan of AVG and have used the a/v for years, well into v6. The first downloads were about 4 mb, now it is around 18 mb. Updates to the a/s are huge (mine stops when trying to download the 10 mb file, so it just ain't updated). All this virtually eliminates avg from dial-up users. Still, virtually all updates from ms/ are useless to dial-uppers due to their size. What's OE7, 20 mb? Even adobe update, a twiddling file reader, which the silly system keeps telling me I need, is 26 mb or so.
  6. Yes, it is a pain to scroll down and then have to find the last ticked file to untick it. There is a tick all/untick all box at the head of the list. However to untick a few you will have to tick the box twice, first to tick all and then to untick all.
  7. Augeas

    Recuva v1.11.257

    Do you get a message saying that it can't be deleted as it is in the MFT? (I would have thought you had noticed that, though.)
  8. Augeas

    secure deleting

    I'm beginning to think that calling in an exorcist wouldn't be a bad idea. If a file has been overwritten than what you will see (in Recuva preview) is what it's been overwritten with, not the original file. Maybe what it's been overwritten with is as bad as the original file. Are you taking the advice of not clearing any of your temp internet or other temp files, with CC or any means, including straightforward deletes? If so then your bad files should be overwritten by now. This is probably a case of being fixed in five minutes if one of us could get our hands on your pc. Or download eraser or some other disk wiper. The only one I have tried (Redactor) on a 40 gb disk took an age to run so it isn't an easy answer. Rgds.
  9. Augeas

    Files deleted: 0

    Are you checking or highlighting the files to be securely deleted? If you are highlighting and selecting Delete Highlighted then your mouse cursor must be over the highlighted area, else you get the 0 files deleted message. Very small files held in the MFT will also not be deleted, but in this case there will be a message saying so. I am on the same spec as you and secure delete works OK - on one file anyway.
  10. Augeas

    Recuva v1.11.257

    Can you confirm that the deleted file has not been overwritten and that you are recovering what it's been overwritten with? In this case the secure delete will say file deleted but still show the overwritten data.
  11. Augeas

    Recuva v1.11.257

    The Size and Last Modified columns are transposed..........
  12. I don't think that you can be too cautious when amending registry entries. I wouldn't want any cleaner to swing into Fix All mode, whether I had requested it deliberately or by mistake. Anyway, registry cleaning isn't a daily job.... is it?
  13. Why's that? I've never had to re-enter my one and only include folder. (and I don't have Save settings to ini file ticked)
  14. Deleting a few files now and again is hardly a bother: anyway, when would you know you don't want them anymore - you'd have to test every application. I thnk there are better ways to use development resources.
  15. On XP I find anything from 17 to 20 index.dat files (one userid only). Why Windows wants so many, or any at all, and all over the place, is beyond me. I found the code to delete the files when I ran ME, I had a look some time ago when I progressed (?) to XP and couldn't find it. What actually happens if all the index files are deleted, Karl?
  16. As far as I know... Includes code in one of the pc boot initialisation files to run an op sys delete command on the index.dat files. As the files are locked by Windows the delete has to run at pc boot time, before Windows has loaded. Windows then creates new index.dat files when it discovers they are missing. No, as the delete is not run by CC. It depends. Search the c drive and you will see the create date on some as CC run time, on others not. I would like to say that the important files are truly deleted, but I don't really know for sure. No, see above. Well, it's not perfect but it's not too bad, really. Rgds.
  17. It's always good to hear of a happy resolution - rgds.
  18. If you click on Options - Advanced you can ask Recuva to display system, zero byte and securely deleted files. This will drop your ignored count to zero. The zero and sec deleted files are not shown by default, as it would be pointless recovering them. Rgds.
  19. Silly questions first: you have Custom Files and Folders ticked under Cleaner/Windows/Advanced? There are some files in your custom folder? (The custom folder is not deleted, the contents are.) Can you delete your existing entry in the Include list and drag/drop the folder in (to make sure the path/name is OK)?
  20. Disk washers will (generally) write large files full of zeroes on your disk until the disk is full, then delete these files and file name entries. That's how a disk is washed. If the program is not allowed to complete it might leave these files on the disk, using up a great deal of space. CC does not work like this (it doesn't wash a disk). You haven't supplied much info, but if you're using secure deletion then CC will create a temp file of zeroes to overwrite your files. I haven't seen one greater than 4k though, and this certainly won't fill your disk. Maybe if you have very large files, as I guess you have with movies, and you're doing something silly like specifying 35 pass overwrite, then CC might allocate larger temp files to do it's work. This is all an educated guess as I don't really know how CC works, and I don't have huge files or use 35 pass overwrites. I have no idea why your previously deleted files are ending up in your temp folder, but it doesn't sound like CC's work. What creation/modified date do they have, and does this correspond to a CC or WW run, or neither? Run a controlled test. Keep off your pc for a while, then run CC, search your disk for files created today, and order by time. What has CC created?
  21. Augeas

    secure deleting

    Yep, and overwriting once only will render it unrecoverable. Forget multiple overwrites. I don't know how Recuva actually works, but from its speed I guess it reads the entries in the MFT. I don't think it extracts anything from virt memory, but I'm willing to be disabused. Specifically the OP wants to prevent anyone from recovering a picture. The OP could get rid of Recuva for a start. Perhaps the OP should let us see what all the fuss is about.... OK, forget it. I think that guilt is the driver here. As for defragging overwriting deleted files, it depends. A defrag will reposition moveable files as close to the read heads or MFT as possible, for speed of retrieval. If there are deleted files which are not in the area that the defragged files are repositioned then they won't be overwritten. But it's worth a try, on the grounds that they might be. Rgds,.
  22. Augeas

    secure deleting

    Somehow I think we still don't have the full story here. In the meantime take a large file or folder, something that is at least 1/4 or 1/2 a gb, and copy and paste it on the c drive with a recognisable name such as Rubbish1, etc. Do that ten times (so you have ten copied files Rubbish1 to 10). Then run Recuva. If you can still see your unwanted files do the copying another ten times. Eventually your nemesis will be overwritten. Then just delete all your Rubbish files. Just shift/delete them so they just go. Let us know how you get on.
  23. No. When CC deletes files the space they occupied is immediately available for Windows and and other applications to use. If a file hasn't yet been overwritten it might be possible to recover the file, but not reinstall an application. System restore is not usually much help in these cases. If you type ad-aware 1810 in Google you will get around 20,000 hits, so you are not alone with your problem. Have a browse though a few, including this one... http://www.lavasoft.com/support/faq_aaw2007.php#18
  24. Start, Control Panel, Add or Remove Programs, Recuva, Change/Remove.
  25. Not after the microwave treatment, it isn't! Actually I was curious to know what the OP expected to find on a CD? Cheers, A (research still continuing).
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