Images on hard drive

December 25, 2010 at 05:05:37
Specs: Macintosh OSX 10.4.11
Recently, I googled images of a well-known personality. Later, I was using a data recovery program and was surprised to discover that about 160 of these google images had ended up on my hard drive. I didn't download any of them. I don't think I even scrolled down the Google display. How did they get there? I cleared the cache but they are still there. Would really welcome some advice here.

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December 25, 2010 at 05:43:11
I am assuming you were using a program to recover deleted files. Any images you view will go into the temporary internet files folder. Deleting a file does not erase it, but only removes it's entry from the directory and marks the space used as free. That is the principle on which these utilities are based. The images will remain on disk until they are overwritten with other data.

Even if you did not view the file it may still be downloaded. Some browsers will download links in the anticipation you will be accessing them.

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December 25, 2010 at 07:48:38
Thank you for that very helpful reply. I have a lot to learn. Best Wishes.

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