wow if thats true then i better stop visiting those naughty sites..File recovery software can be useful, but its very haphazard with its success rate. Recuva and other tools like it will certainly recover many files which have accidentally been deleted, and the more recently they were deleted the better. When you delete a file in windows, it isnt actually deleted. Its removed from the index, which means that Windows will just pretend its not there. There it willl remain until Windows needs the space on the disc where the file was located, and, pretending its not there, overwirtes it with some other data.A police forensics expert can, using specialised software and techniques, dig under the top layer and find the overwritten data.. sometimes.. but Recuva and other software such as that will only be able to recover files which havent already been overwritten.. hence the higher success rate in finding files that were recently deleted, as Windows hopefully hasnt overwritten them yet. Of course, its also possible for Windows to have been using space elsewhere, and files from months or years ago still being available. Its just less likely.Its a shame darc doesnt seem to have returned so we could have got some more information, I have never heard of Ssytem Restore deleting files before, so it would have been interesting to figure out what actually happened.
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