Defragmenting regularly is good advice. A heavily fragmented drive can be a bottleneck on your system. The larger your drive and the more information on it the bigger the performance improvement.
free wrote:Coppermine wrote:Free: That's a myth. Once it's deleted, it's deleted. Don't believe everything you see on CSI.
Of course people forget to empty their recycle bins and/or temp files, which is where the loophole is, but once it's deleted, it's gone for good.
thanks for the help coppermine, good looking out
Sorry Copper but that is a bunch of bologna.
When you delete a file in Windows (even after emptying the Recycle Bin) the file isn't actually deleted. All that happens is the entry to the data in the MFT (Master File Table) is removed and that area of disk is allocated as 'free'. So Windows may or may not overwrite it in the future. This type of 1st generation data is extremely easy to recover.
Once the data has been overwritten it becomes much harder to recover but not impossible. If you are really worried about security or privacy you need to look into getting a 3rd party file shredder. There are some free ones at SourceForge.
free wrote:how and do you reccommend backing up everything on your computer?
It depends on what kind of backup you need? If you need to backup your drives on a regular basis take a look at Norton Ghost. Otherwise just get a CD burner and selectively backup the important stuff.