"Empty" Recycle Bin vs. Shredding
Posted 13 September 2007 - 01:07 PM
A question, though... There is a checkbox called "Empty Recycle Bin" in CCleaner 2.0. (Elsewhere, I have made sure when CCleaner works, it uses secure wiping rather than plain deletion.)
If I check "Empty Recycle Bin," does CCleaner just delete the files it contains, or does it, in my case, wipe the links and the actual files on the drive?
To me, "emptying" means CCleaner doesn't *wipe* Recycle Bin links and actual disk contents.
Do I misunderstand?
Posted 13 September 2007 - 01:20 PM
http://forum.pirifor...ipe recycle bin
This link says CCleaner does wipe the files. But is it wiping the links to the files in the Bin or the actual files on the disk? There is a difference.
The reason I started this entry... Eraser takes a while to wipe the Recycle Bin. CCleaner 2.X seems to fly with the same options. That speed got me second-guessing.
Posted 14 September 2007 - 08:24 AM
It took Eraser 4.84 over 10 secs with the same number of passes.
What accounts for the difference?
Is CCleaner truly wiping the disk contents themselves, or just their links in the Recycle Bin? Any insights?
Posted 18 September 2007 - 09:59 AM
Posted 19 September 2007 - 07:01 AM
I was amazed that Recuva could find so many files on my C: Drive, but it appears they are all invalid. I tried opening up a number of them. I use a variety of programs to clean my drive so it's hard to say which one might be doing a better job than another.
One other question... is there any way to clean up the MFT itself? I don't even want to see old file names in there.