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  1. Now there are more "A00#####" files, with various file extensions. A huge bunch of A00#####.mst, a few A00#####.msi and some A00#####.exe. I don't know if it's Recuva messing up, but according to Recuva the .mst files are from/were most recently changed 2007, two years before I got my external hard drive. I guess it could've been manufactured around that time or before, but without really understanding Alan_B's answer above - why do these files, as well as the others mentioned before, pop up now all of a sudden? After securely deleting files, that is. And are they anything to be bothered with?
  2. I use XP, but I'm not sure if that matters since I found these files on my external hard drive. But I reckon the A00#####.ini files are nothing to care about either, then? Thanks again btw!
  3. I just securely deleted a couple of files on my external drive again, and upon doing another standard search with Recuva, it now found another few files: RestorePointSize - two of them, each 8kb A00######.ini - three of them change.log Are these nothing to be bothered with either, and why did they suddenly appear now?
  4. Not really. But thanks anyway. But I'm wondering: When securely deleting a file, or wiping free space (using CCleaner) - as I've done several times on my external hard drive without the bootex.log file disappearing - does it pose a "threat", as in that it still holds information of files that I have just, or on former occasions, securely deleted? Or what's the file for?
  5. I cannot for the life of me understand what this file is all about, or why it keeps showing up whenever I run Recuva on my external hard drive - and why it won't let itself be deleted. I've done several "wipe free space"-runs on the drive - yet it's still there. And the file says it's from early 2011, even though I've wiped the free space on my external hard drive many times both before and after 2011. The file's only 9kb in size. What's it all about? And why won't it disappear?
  6. Ok, I'm not sure I'm following you on this one as I'm not too familiar with all options available in CCleaner. But I've read a few older posts by you and others, so let's see if I've got the hang of it. CCleaner won't securely delete files that have already been deleted (i.e., shft+delete deleted or simply emptied from the recycler). To securely delete these files, then, you have to use either Recuva or CCleaner's Wipe Free Space (and Wipe MFT Free Space if you want to have the file names wiped and renamed). Am I right? However, if you have not yet deleted a file and want it securely d
  7. Whenever I've deleted a few files on my hard drive(s), I usually use Recuva to search them up and write them over one by one until they read "Unrecoverable". However, the file names remain intact, and Recuva does not have an option to wipe the free MFT space, which to my understanding stores the file names of these deleted files, yes? So, as an effect of this I then usually use CCleaner to get rid of these file names (with everyting checked in settings, i.e. Secure file deletion, Wipe Free Space, Wipe MFT Free Space etc). However, as this takes a rather long time just so that I can get rid of
  8. Hello all! I just discovered three hidden folders on my external HDD, after I'd unchecked the "Hide protected system files" in folder options. As the topic says - one $RECYCLE.BIN, one RECYCLER and one found.000 folder. So... 1.) In the $RECYCLE.BIN folder, I found två empty recyclers. Yet, right clicking and checking properties they are both 4kb each. Is that the amount of space the recyclers themselves take up, then? 2.) Right clicking and checking properties on the RECYCLER folder, it says it contain 8 files. However, entering the folder, there are only four recyclers with v
  9. Thanks. I did that yesterday, as well as turning on the "Show hidden files and folders". Still can't see these random thumbs.db files neither on my main HDD nor my external, except for those belonging to my graphics card that is. Another disk cleaning software should do the trick as you say. Got any tips? However, since I've deleted the folders which originally contained the files that I thought were gone, and then used Recuva to wipe the thumbs.db files that were stored in them, shouldn't that be enough for now? On a sidenote though, I made a little experiment yesterday as well. I dig
  10. Well, I didn't get much smarter from reading that. Despite being a thorough explanation, most of these computer terms are pretty foreign to me. Anyway, I take it it has nothing to do with my main concern - i.e. the thumbnail cashe and thumbs.db files. My first guess would be that the thumbnail cashe is the place where thumbs.db files (despite being located in folders and sub-folders) have a common repository, but that doesn't seem to be the case. Reading up on it a bit, it seems CCleaner won't delete/wipe these hidden files or the information they store if one deletes a couple but not all fil
  11. Lets say I delete some files in some various folders/directories during some time, yet don't delete the folders where I stored these files since I still have some other files left in them. Then I start CCleaner to clean my main HDD/external HDD and wipe free space (and the files that I've deleted over time) - will the thumbnail cashe/thumb.db files/whatnot in these folders still store information about those deleted files, or will CCleaner clean them out and wipe them as well? Otherwise it seems to me that the wipe free space option as well as the subsequent options below (whatever they do) wo
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