Prior to sending some information to a compan

April 21, 2011 at 08:04:00
Specs: Windows 7
Prior to sending some information to a company on a usb key, I "cut" the information that was on a USB key placed it on my hard drive (paste) temporarly, then I reformated the usb key to remove any old file history then dragged the file that I had placed on the hard drive temporarly and dropped it back onto the USB key to send out.
Question: If the file was never opened on my computer hard drive, does any history of the file remain on the hard drive and can the file be reproduced from the history?

I am using windows XP

Mike


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#1
April 21, 2011 at 08:09:30
"history" is not kept on files.

Since the file existed and was deleted, the data is still on your hard drive but marked being available for overwrite.

If you want to make sure it is gone, run disk clean up then defrag. defrag will overwrite the files former location.

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#2
April 21, 2011 at 08:23:24
The file was never deleted it was dragged from the hard drive and dropped on the usb key. I am more concerned if I could actually reproduce it from the hard drive because it was never opened and dragged and dropped as opposed to having been opened and deleted.

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#3
April 21, 2011 at 14:37:47
I'm confused. Is the file still on the HD or not?

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#4
April 21, 2011 at 15:25:01
drag and drop only copies the file. Shift/drag and drop moves the file.
Neither operation deletes the file as far as recycle bin is concerned.

"I am more concerned if I could actually reproduce it from the hard drive"

I take it your concern is file recovery not file security?
You should have immediatedly downloaded to a different computer a file recovery utility and used it on your pc to see if the file was listed.

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#5
April 21, 2011 at 18:30:47
Until the space used on the hd is over written....yes it can be retrieved.

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#6
April 26, 2011 at 09:40:09
Sorry for greater clarity: I am trying to make a statement to a past client who had provided me information by placing it on a usb key that I owned which had other information of mine on it. In returning the information to him, I removed my information from the usb key, picked up his information (files, abcd) placed files abcd on the hard drive of my desk top server, I then reformated the usb key in order to clean the history of the files that had been on the key. Following the reformating, I dragged files abcd from where I had set them down on my desktop server and dropped them back onto the USB key. I then sent the USB key with files abcd back to my client.

I now want to reassure him that there is no history of files abcd sitting on my computer that I or anyone else could use to restore these files. To your ealier point the computer was used for a number of months after the the process.

Your thoughts please

Mike


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#7
April 26, 2011 at 16:29:50
For all practical purposes you can probably give that assurance but as has already been said information is merely hidden from you until such time as the HD has reused that space. Even then the FBI could probably find weak magnetic traces.

The point here is that you need some fancy and expensive software to get information back anywhere near properly if the machine has been used for a while since files were deleted. There are free programs around that can overwrite the free space with noughts too if you wish. Otherwise, just normal use (changes & additions) and the odd defrag will get rid of all that matters in the course of time.

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