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  1. If you're using the Wizard, switch to advanced mode (top r/h button). In advanced mode select Options/Actions. Check boxes 1, 2, 3 and 5. Leave box 4 (Deep Scan) and box 6 (Restore folder structure) unchecked. Press OK. You should not need to do another scan. With nothing in the Filename or Path box you should now have zero files ignored.

    Thiws advice is for a non-formatted device, reading  back I have to repeat  the caveat in my last post.

  2. You're correct Nergal, the ignored count includes live files and those that don't fit the search criteria (and possibly zero length files and system files etc). So I would clear the search filter and go from there. The live files will still be ignored, but presumably you're not looking for them with Recuva.

  3. You can overwrite the contents of the file by right clicking on it and selecting secure delete. You can't get rid of the file name in Recuva's found files list, as this would be modifying the MFT, which no sane person would attempt. A wipe free space would do it, and get rid of everything else as well, but you may consider this to be overkill.

  4. It is not really feasable that images would appear on your pc on their own volition. Otherwise nobody would be prosecuted for having anything the state considers to be moderately annoying on their pc. I probably have dozens of pics of footballers, fashion, irritating TV celebrities and what used to be called pop music, none of which is of the slightest interest to me.

    I should add to post no 2 that software installs also download images, in some cases a great many, but these are more of a nuisance than a worry.

  5. A folder only exists as a record in the Master File Table. If a folder is deleted then that record is flagged as deleted and available for reuse by NTFS. If it is reused by a subsequent new file allocation then all  the information held in that folder is physically overwritten.

    A deleted file uses a chainback value to find it's owning folder record. If that folder record has been overwritten then the folder name, and its own chainback value is lost. Recuva cannot determine what the folder was, or whether there were one or a dozen levels in the path. Recuva will mark the folder as ?

    The folder structure in  this case cannot be recreated.

    The folders beginning with $ are system folders - don't touch. It seems as if you have Scan for Non-Deleted Files checked.

  6. Restoring the folder structure depends on the folder path still being available. Deleted folders can be overwritten just as easily as deleted files. If a record for a folder is deleted then the folder structure can't be recreated and a ? is substituted. If this is the case then there's no way of recreating the folder structure.

  7. When you recover a file the clusters of that file are copied to whatever location you specify. The deleted clusters can still be accessed by Recuva or other software. To get rid of the deleted clusters (in Recuva) you can highlight the deleted file, right click and select secure overwrite. If that is what you are asking.