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TECH TIP  -  Trash Talk

Weíre talking the Recycle Bin  -  not NBA basketball players (Iíve been watching way too much Timberwolves lately!).  Here are some tips with dealing with the Recycle Bin.

To put something in the Recycle Bin, do one of the following:

Items are ďstoredĒ in the Recycle Bin until you empty it. 
To empty the Recycle Bin, do one of the following:

You can empty selected items from the Recycle Bin.  Do one of the following:

You can Restore individual items from the Recycle Bin (move items out of the recycle bin back to their original location).  Do one of the following:

Delete Files Immediately Ė Bypass the Recycle Bin
You can delete a file without sending it to the Recycle Bin.  Just be sure that you want to delete it permanently. Use one of these methods:

Recycle Bin Properties
You can view your Recycle Binís properties by right-clicking on the Recycle Bin.  Now you can customize the Recycle Bin.

Uh-Oh, I changed my mind!
Did you know what when you empty the Recycle Bin, you do not really delete those files from your computer.  What really happens when you empty your Recycle Bin is that you are telling your computer you no long want those files and that the computer can use that space to save other files.  Well, the computer will eventually use that space to save other files.  But in the meantime, you may change your mind and actually restore the files that have been emptied from your Recycle Bin.

To do this, you need some 3rd party software.  I use a neat little freeware program called Restoration, available here:
http://www3.telus.net/mikebike/RESTORATION.html
This software is simple and straightforward Ė it can be run from a floppy disk (you donít need to install it).  It will read your hard drive and locate all files that have been deleted.  You can then restore these files.  If you want to undeleted files, donít wait too long, because there is always the possibility your computer will overwrite deleted files and use that space for new files.  Then your files will no longer be recoverable.

One final note:  As stated above, when you empty your Recycle Bin, the file is not really deleted from your computer.   If you decide to recycle your computer (give it away) or just discard it, your deleted files are still on your hard drive and can be undeleted by whoever takes over your old computer.  Thatís a bit unnerving if you had sensitive files on your hard drive.  Well, you can use 3rd party software to wipe out your deleted files.  One of the best freeware programs to do this is called Eraser.  You read about Eraser and download it here:
http://www.heidi.ie/eraser/ (Click on the Download Tab)

Thatís the scoop on Trash Talk!

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