Re: Are deleted pictures REALLY deleted?

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by Bucky Breeder, Dec 31, 2008.

  1. "WeReo_ScoTTy" <> says in

    > There are some pictures and other stuff I send to the
    > recycle bin. You know, clean up the disc, defrag, awl that.
    > I'm wondering if those items really do get deleted, are they
    > retrievable or do they just lurk inside my harddrive forever?

    If you could have a look at how data is stored on a hard drive, it
    might be sort of scary and sort of magical and sort of wonderous;
    all at once... It's actually just little piles of magnetic dust
    neatly yet randomly scattered here and there - but at least one of
    those irregular little ant-hill piles is a directory which points
    to all the little bits in all the little piles which when put
    together makes a "file". Once you "delete the file" to or from
    the Recycle Bin, the process begins. Once the file is "deleted"
    from the Recycle Bin, the directory to the file is gone from the
    standard user interface, and there's not a standard interface
    access path to it anymore; however, at that point the file can
    still be recovered - by peeples who have genetically replaced
    their penises with obsessively nosey predispositions.

    The more you move data around; by defragging, by adding more data
    files, by moving files from drive to drive or from partition to
    partition, the more those little piles of magnetic dust get altered
    from their pointy little tips to their sometimes rather wide bases...
    But, even a complete reformat will not necessarily completly destroy
    all previous data - it merely gets magnetic dust piles ready to
    accept new incoming data.

    At some point the remnants of files will be forever replaced with
    some new data and new directories. A good way to speed this up is
    to regularly use a good commercial 3rd party cleaner like Window Washer...
    It targets the files with their directories and gives you options for
    rewriting benign data over the files you wish to erase thus increasing
    the chances that it would not be financially viable to attempt to
    recover suspected erased files. An analogy might be that if you've
    ever bled, your DNA has leeched into the planet's water supply and
    exists somewhere in the environmental chain... but how many oceans
    would have to examined molecule by molecule in order to establish - or
    disprove - that as a fact?

    There are some freeware offerings; try < news:alt.comp.freeware >,
    those folks will likely discuss some options with you... perhaps
    use an alternate identity so your stalkers don't be following you
    and try to report you to the SPCA-CSI innernetz-crimez unitz for
    the huge rewards and personal profit points or all-expense-paid
    vacations to the doughnut shoppe for free coffee and pastries
    with their government paycheck handlers.



    I am Bucky Breeder, (*(^; , and YOU... are NOT.

    Repent - the end is near! So... smoke'em if you got'em.
    Bucky Breeder, Dec 31, 2008
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