When you delete a file in Windows, you click on the file, and you press the DEL key (Delete, or DELETE) on your keyboard. Or you click the right mouse button on the file and selecting “Delete”.
But then it is not really deleted. It is actually just moved to the Trash. The trash is not much more than a folder located on your hard drive. The name “Trash” is the name that is given to the small garbage can that is on your desk, but his real name is “Recycled”. (C: Recycled)
When you delete a file, it automatically transfers so in this basket, you can:
– Either the pick, going in the basket, just select your file that you deleted, and doing File / Restore
– Either remove it completely by clicking on the file, and doing File / Delete
– Either completely empty the Trash by File / Empty Trash
It is possible to delete a file completely, without passing through the trash: Just press Shift-Delete (Shift-Delete) instead of simply DELETE the file to be destroyed directly.
Now is where it gets interesting
When you delete a file, ie when one removes it from the trash, in fact, even if you do not realize it does not completely remove the file. In fact, he simply said: “The place occupied by this file is now free.”
Returning to our files
It’s just the way Windows handles files: When a file is “erased” in fact there are still physically on the disk, but… The file system called FAT (File Allocation System – System File Allocation – A sort of “registry” files location, which is in a protected area of the disk drive), the FAT, so will simply say that the file “Recipe fondue.doc” for example, is considered deleted, and the place he occupied (and he still holds to some extent) is now free.
So that you can imagine that you can be completely erased files that you would like to see… It may be possible
1. If no files are come to settle over
2. If you have a utility that allows you to search as Detective Files “Lost” on your hard drive (we found on the internet.
The less pleasant side of this situation is that you can have on your hard drive of files you have deleted, and you REALLY want to erase all traces! And yes… If you are in possession of the files it is frankly embarrassing that they be brought to light (A file that contains the coordinates of your mistress, for example;-)), then this is the opportunity to delete these files without leaving the slightest chance of being able to “dig up”.