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21
2017

Need storage? Seagate 4TB Barracuda on Sale at Amazon and NewEgg

While Solid State Drives may slowly be taking over the world of computer storage due to their fast speeds and lack of spinning parts, if you're looking to store lots of things – maybe you work in a job where regular backups are key, you edit videos a lot, or you're a heavy gamer – or you want reliability, there's still no better than a traditional Hard Drive. And now Seagate is making it easier to get lots of storage for very little outlay – how about 4 Terabytes for $105 (roughly £85.20)?

That's how much Seagate's 4TB Barracuda drive is on sale for at Amazon's US site, and at NewEgg, which claims the price will stick until Wednesday. At a price that equates to roughly 2p ($0.03) a Gigabyte, this price pitches the Barracuda even cheaper than the cheapest SSDs.

Take note that the Barracuda line is intended for "general purpose" storage, and thus doesn't have the highest speed when compared to more performance-focused lines like the Barracuda Pro. That said, when the drive is rated to deliver read and write speeds of 146MB/s on average, with a maximum sustained data rate of up to 180MB/s, in most general situations you're hardly going to complain. The 4TB model also sports 64MB of cache, meaning it should get going quickly for your more regular tasks; and also has a SATA 6Gbps interface.

As of the time of writing, NewEgg is already out-of-stock, so be sure to act fast when the stock comes back if you want one!

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    Sep
    17
    2015

    [Review] Mini Tool Power Data Recovery 7.0

    We've all had that moment. You delete a file that you didn't mean to, or that you didn't think you'd need at the time; you empty the Recycle Bin; and then suddenly you realise – damn, I actually needed that! You probably also thought the file was gone for good – deleting it from the Recycle Bin was your last chance to get it back, right? Wrong!

    When files are deleted in Windows, Windows simply "forgets" about the file, acting like it no longer exists; and tells the hard drive it was stored on that it can use the space owned by that file again. A file is only truly "erased" when the space it used is fully written over. This means if you act fast, you can usually recover a file that you've deleted entirely from Windows, with minimal to no damage. To do this, you need a File Recovery tool. One such tool is Mini Tool Power Data Recovery – but is it as good as it sounds? In this article, we run it through its paces.

    Setup

    It is not very often when reviewing software that I start by talking about the setup process itself, because most Windows software that uses an installer to set up the software for your computer works in broadly similar ways – click Next, review the Licence and agree to it (if there is one), choose where to put the software, add extra options such as Desktop Icons, and click Next again and let it do its work. The setup for MiniTool Power Data Recovery is no different, bar one exception. As I mentioned in the introduction to this review, it's important that if you are trying to recover a document, you do not write new data to the drive you are trying to recover from, because any new data could overwrite that document and make it irrecoverable. To that end, the setup for MiniTool Power Data Recovery warns you of this fact, asking you to confirm the location you want to install the program to and reminding you not to install to the same drive you want to recover from as soon as you click "Next" on "Select Destination Location" – regardless of where you install the program to.

    That warning message, asking you to confirm you want to install to the specified location

    That warning message, asking you to confirm you want to install to the specified location

    To some, this message may come across as a little scary, and may suggest that any folder you install the program to is wrong. However, it is simply providing useful advice and asking you to double-check your choice to make sure you don't do something you'll regret later. Kudos, Mini Tool!

    First Impressions

    After installing MiniTool Power Data Recovery and running it for the first time, you'll be presented with the main interface for MiniTool Power Data Recovery, which will also appear first in all subsequent runs.

    The main interface

    The main interface

    MiniTool Power Data Recovery is mostly geared towards recovering lost files, whether those accidentally deleted as mentioned in my introduction, or in the case of removable media, through formatting. To that end, the tool includes three file-related recovery options – Undelete Recovery, Digital Media Recovery and CD/DVD Recovery. But MPDR (to give it a shorter title) has a far greater remit, as the tool also includes the ability to recover whole disk partitions that have been damaged (Damaged Partition Recovery) or can no longer be found by the target computer (Lost Partition Recovery). All of these tools are presented on the main interface in large, two-tone buttons (not unlike the tiled interface of more recent Windows and Windows Phone releases); and mousing over an option presents a description of the tool accompanied by a charming animation of the tool’s icon – for example, mousing over “Undelete Files” makes the trash can icon lift and shake its lid for a moment, while the label changes to explain that the tool offers the ability to “Quick scan, recover deleted files”.

    Our testing methodology

    Obviously, when it comes to tools that claim to recover deleted files, it’s important to test that the software can both find deleted files; and how well it recovers them. We tested Mini Tool Power Data Recovery by first creating and then permanently deleting two files to see if the software would succeed in both counts.

    The first of these two files was a text file, which we called “Recoverme.txt”, containing simply a sentence of dummy text:

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    The second was an image, a copy of our website’s logo. This way, we would get a good measure of the tool’s ability to find and recover both small, simple files and larger, more complicated ones.

    Our website's logo, which we used as part of the test.

    Our website’s logo, which we used as part of the test.

    Undelete Recovery

    For many people, Undelete Recovery is likely to be the feature they will use the most. This tool is designed to help people recover individual files that have been permanently deleted or lost from their computer.

    After clicking "Undelete Recovery" from the first screen

    After clicking “Undelete Recovery” from the first screen

    Upon clicking the icon for Undelete Recovery, there will be a quick loading bar, and the program will present you with a list of drives attached to your computer. Simply select the one where the lost files are found; and click Scan. As the description of the tool states, MiniTool Power Data Recovery performs a quick scan (no more than a minute in my tests on a 250GB hard drive); and then presents you with the files it has found which may be recoverable:

    The same results in "List" view.

    The same results in “List” view.

    The results of the scan can be seen in one of two methods, which can be selected using tabs below the blue toolbar. By default, the list starts in “List” view, which presents you with a list of files and folders similar to browsing a folder tree in Explorer. In this view, files are grouped into the folder the program believes they may have come from, allowing you to find a file by where you last remember it being. There is also a “Lost Files” folder, for files that have no last known location.

    The results of a test scan in "Type" view, one of the two available views.

    The results of a test scan in “Type” view, one of the two available views.

    In “Type” view, seen above, the results are organised by the type of file that the tool has found, with separate sections for “Pictures”, “Archives” (things like Zip Files and installers), and so on, with other files or those of unknown type getting placed into an “Other Files” category. This view can be useful for finding a specific file when you know what it was you need to recover, but can’t remember where it was. However, our testing returned many files that were simply classified as “other”, and only three files that were categorised in any way, suggesting this view may not always work as intended. Results will obviously vary on a person-by-person basis and the level of usage of the drive in question.

    Unfortunately, because Undelete Recovery only performs quick scans, it may not search the computer very thoroughly and may miss files even if they were only recently deleted. In our test, Undelete Recovery twice failed to locate the files we created and deleted despite being ran only a short time afterwards. This means it may fail to be a solution for many people who need their files recovered without waiting for the more thorough, but longer scans to complete.

    Digital Media Recovery

    “Recover lost photos, mp3/mp4 files and video files from flash drives and memory sticks.” While this tool’s name and description may imply that it’s tailored mostly toward scanning SD Cards and USB Sticks etc, or for finding pictures and video, Digital Media Recovery is really MiniTool Power Data Recovery’s equivalent to a “full scan”, as opposed to Undelete Recovery’s “Quick Scan”. As a result, it takes a much longer time to complete, but finds and identifies a much wider array of files – many more than the tool’s description may suggest, including Microsoft Office and OpenOffice Files. In fact, during testing, the same 250GB hard drive that scanned in a minute using Undelete Recovery was estimated to take 9 hours in Digital Media Recovery mode.

    MiniTool Power Data Recovery - Digital Media Recovery - Scan Progress Dialog

    This will take a while…

    This is a preview for an upcoming article, which is not yet completed. Come back soon to read the full article!

    May
    12
    2015

    [Review] Aomei Backupper 2.5 Standard Edition

    Making backups of important data stored on your computer (or media attached to it) is always very important – if something happens to your technology and you can’t use it any more, can you afford to lose what you had stored on it? The importance of ensuring you’re prepared for any failure – and thus never regret not having a copy when the worst happens – is one of the reasons why software to automate and/or simplify the process of making backups is such a large industry, with tons of different tools on the market.

    We’ve reviewed one of these tools – Aomei Backupper – on three separate occasions in the past – but now the developer, Aomei Technology, have been in touch to say that they have released a new version of their popular backup tool which adds even more capabilities to your standard backup software, including features in the free version that are normally only found in paid editions of competing backup products.

    What’s New

    Having said all this, were you to have used a previous version of Aomei Backupper and then upgrade to 2.5, it is unlikely you’ll see much of a difference from first glance:

    Aomei Backupper 1.6 Home Screen (aka Backup Management)

    The “Home” screen shown on opening the software in Aomei Backupper v1.6…

    Aomei Backupper 2.5 Home Screen (aka Backup Management)

    …And the same screen in Aomei Backupper Standard Edition 2.5 (click pictures to enlarge)

    Except for the “Freeware” label having changed to “Upgrade” (as Aomei Backupper is now under a commercial licence and has paid upgrades available), the interface is very similar to that of previous releases.

    There IS, however, a small difference here, which is represented by a new icon on the 2.5 screen depicting an arrow pointing to a box. This leads to a new “Import / Export Configuration” Screen, where the list of Backup Tasks you have set up in Aomei Backupper can itself be backed up for later use, or restored from a previous export.

    The main new feature of Aomei Backupper 2.5 revolves around the System Restore feature. Although the feature itself came in as of v2.1, 2.5 makes huge improvements over the previous editions. A newly supported feature is Universal Restore, which allows Aomei Backupper to potentially move everything stored on one computer to another one. Universal Restore allows a backup made on one type of hardware to be restored on another computer with dissimilar or even completely different hardware, making it perfect for those who might, for example, want to upgrade their laptop or desktop computer but keep hold of all their data. Backupper can also restore backups made on an MBR-based disk to a GPT-based one and vice-versa; so if your new computer boots using a modern UEFI-based system rather than the old style BIOS, you’ll still be able to use the restore. This means there is now little standing in the way of Backupper being able to restore data from different devices even if your new computer ends up having little in common with your old one.

    A slight caveat exists here, however (read more…)

    Sep
    08
    2013

    [Review] Aomei Backupper 1.6

    Even as more people move more of their work and personal life to the internet – to take advantage of easy availability on any computer, collaborative (working together) features or just to let them store more on their own computers – local storage is never going to completely die. There comes a time when files simply HAVE to be stored on your own drives – after all, computers aren't designed yet to use the internet exclusively for everything they do (unless you count Google Chrome OS); and internet connections aren't always available, online servers can go down, etc. It's always a smart idea, therefore, to keep your own backups on technology you own. And if you need a tool that can help you back up and restore whole disks or partitions, locally or to a networked computer, Aomei Backupper could be just the ticket. But is it any good?

    For the purposes of this review, I decided to try the Windows 7 version of Aomei Backupper. Backupper has since v1.1 been available in two editions – the regular edition, simply known as "AOMEI Backupper", supports all versions of Windows starting from XP or Server 2003, but is larger and less optimized for modern systems. There is also "AOMEI Backupper For Win7", which is smaller but which ONLY works on Windows 7, 8 and Server 2008 or 2012. Both versions are functionally identical, so the version you use shouldn't change the facts presented in this review; although performance may vary.

    Full Review

    Aomei Backupper 1.6 Home Screen (aka Backup Management)Many of you may recognise Aomei Backupper, since it's been covered on Technically Motivated before, having been part of an Aomei Christmas Giveaway we announced last year, while just a few months ago we discussed the release of 1.1.1 and the product's slight name change. With 1.5 releasing only a little while ago and an even more recent 1.6 adding further features and bug fixes, I decided it was time for an in-depth review of the latest release to cover the software as a whole.

    After a brief loading screen (complete with a very cute and friendly, if unusually phrased message of "It is loading, please wait…"), the first thing that will strike you is how simple, yet rather stylish its interface is; consisting of a dark-blue background and light blue foreground that's easy to read. The menu is placed to the left; with just four small links at the top for things like settings and help. The Aomei Backupper window is compact, but large enough to give space to everything on screen and keep it all legible without looking cluttered. However, there's no option to resize if you feel it to be too small.

    From the very beginning, Backupper lets you get straight to business. If you've made backups with the tool before, Backupper's Home Screen (also called the Backup Management screen) lists all your existing backups, showing their name and the time of the backup; otherwise you'll be prompted to do a backup for the first time. You can filter the Home page to only show backups created this day, this week, this month or on a date you choose, if you find seeing all of them at once too distracting – however, Aomei's clear non-English background becomes very apparent here, with the options confusingly described as "Newly Day", "Newly Week" etc. When you have backups showing on this page, Backupper provides a button on each to restore them quickly; and two more buttons revealing menus to update the backups or manage them – we'll get back to these later.

    Aomei Backupper 1.6 Home Screen (aka Backup Management)Performing a new Backup is possible two ways – either click "New Backup" on the home screen, or click "Backup" on the left side menu. This takes you to the Backup page, where you'll be asked for the type of backup you'd like to do. Aomei Backupper is designed to backup disks or whole systems rather than individual files; to this end, three methods of backup are available. The first, "Disk Backup", lets you backup an entire Disk – which can be a Hard Drive, SSD, USB Stick, SD Card or whatever – making copies of everything stored on them; and is probably the tool most useful for the typical user. The second option, "Partition Backup", is really only for experts who like to split their disks into several drives – it lets you back up one partition without backing up the entire disk; so is least likely to be used by a general user. The final backup option is a System Backup, which only backs up your system drive – i.e. what you need to run your computer.

    Share Network/NAS Device ManagementBackupper 1.6's main new feature is that backups can now be saved to Network Attached Storage, meaning you can now backup not just to your own computer, but to others connected to it. This requires you know the network path and, if needed, any login details required to access the share, but if networked storage is of any use to you, these are details you likely know already; and setting up shares and accessing them is just a case of clicking "Share/NAS Device" in the location window, which presents you with a very self-explanatory window (shown left) to connect to or add new shares.

    Schedule Backup Settings

    Another, slightly less new (having actually been introduced in v1.5) but equally useful feature is Scheduling: backups can be scheduled to be performed automatically – at times you decide – without you ever having to lift a finger again. While setting up a backup, clicking "Schedule Off" lets you define a schedule to perform this backup automatically at certain times. Scheduling can be done every day, on specific days of the week, or monthly and set-up is very straightforward, which will be a boost to those looking to have a regular backup routine without any complicated steps.

     

    Aomei Backupper 1.6 Home Screen (aka Backup Management)To test Backupper's performance at doing Backups, I put it through its paces by backing up an 81.3GB System Drive. At default settings, Backupper took 45 minutes to finish the job; and the backup file created was 43.6GB large. At just over 50% of the original size (53.63%), Aomei's compression level is fairly impressive; and I personally found the pace to be very reasonable – but performance will of course be affected by the size and speed of your drives, so your own mileage may vary. The speed or size can be further improved by changing the compression rate, which you can do by clicking "Backup Options" while setting up a backup, or via the "Setting" option that's permanently at the top of the window. Backupper provides "Normal" and "High" compression options – with High making files smaller at the expense of taking much longer to complete – or you can turn off compression completely for fast (but BIG) backups. Other options in "Setting" include splitting backups into multiple smaller files, whether to use "Intelligent Sector" – which keeps unused space out of backups to reduce their size – and whether to enable Windows' Volume Shadow Service to let you work as you backup; "Backup Options" adds to this the ability to encrypt the current backup with a password. A point of note is while changing the Settings under "Setting" affects all future backups, "Backup Options" only affects the backup being made/edited, unless you choose to tick "Would you like to save to global settings?" at the bottom of the settings window.

    While performing a backup, Backupper will show a straightforward progress page, with percentage-labelled bars showing how far along the backup is, a detailed summary of what's going on and just two additional options: To shutdown the computer once the backup completes, or to cancel the backup. All in all, the process is very straightforward.

    Just like the Home page, The "Restore" page presents you with a list of all the backups Aomei Backupper has performed since it was installed, however this time presented in a list format. Additionally you can supply a backup image if for some reason, a backup you wish to restore does not appear on the list. You can also restore a backup directly by clicking its "Restore" button on the Home Screen, so let's go back to that. With backups on the Home Screen, you have full ability to manage them using the buttons that appear when they are hovered over. Clicking "Backup" on a Backup lets you use the same settings to perform a new Full Backup, or change the existing backup by either making an "Incremental Backup", which is a second backup containing whatever wasn't in the first; or a "Differential" Backup which only changes what actually changed since the last backup, saving the time of doing it all over again. This introduces the other new feature of Aomei Backupper 1.6: Incremental and Differential backups can be given comments. What purpose this serves, however, eludes me. Under "Advanced", you'll find options to Delete a backup, check to make sure it hasn't gotten broken ("Check Image"), set up or change a Schedule, go to where the backup is ("Locate Image"), or view properties. There's also an option to look inside the backup to see what it contains "Explore Image", which is very useful.

    Under "Utilities", you'll find the same Check and Explore options we just mentioned; as well as an option to create Bootable Media. This lets you create an emergency disk that you can use to restore backups even if you can't boot into your computer any more, so you always have the means to restore your system or get to your files if the worst comes to pass. Unusually for a free Backup utility, Backupper will create WinPE boot disks as well as Linux disks – which is a major plus point. One final option Aomei Backupper offers is the ability to "Clone" drives and partitions, basically making an exact copy of one drive/partition to save to another. Sadly, I didn't have time to test this prior to this review.

    Aomei Backupper 1.6 takes no system resources while running but not performing backups. While a backup IS in progress, the software's CPU usage tends to hover around the 30-40% mark (tested on a dual-core, 1.65GHz processor); but occasionally spikes or falls sharply. You probably won't want to do high-intensity tasks while performing a backup; but continuing business in Microsoft Office or a similar medium-intense task while it runs should be perfectly fine.

    Conclusion

    Aomei Backupper 1.6 makes for a mostly straightforward tool for backing up whole disks, partitions or system drives – though some dodgy translation issues affect your understanding of certain options. Performance is reasonable, with backups having decent speed and good compression; and an acceptable level of resource usage during a backup. However, where the tool really shines is its ability to save to Network Attached Storage and create WinPE boot disks… all for free. If you want a strong disk backup tool which is capable and schedule-able, but for no money, Aomei Backupper should be high on your list.

    May
    08
    2013

    Aomei Data Backup[p]er gets small update, tweaked name

    A little while ago here at Technically Motivated, we discussed Aomei Data Backuper, a tool from Aomei Technology – makers of partitioning and data management software that often bears striking similarities to EASEUS and Paragon products, at a fraction of the cost. Aomei Data Backuper is a software that allows users to perform backup and restore operations on files, partitions or whole disks easily. After a quick beta (during which testers were entered into a promotion to win a copy of another software from the company), the product was released as a Freeware, offering easy and comprehensive backup solutions to everybody running Windows XP or 7 at no cost.

    Aomei Technology this week decided to slightly rename the software, adding an extra P into the name to fix what was seen as a very slight spelling mistake. At the same time, an updated version of the software was announced, expanding support to a wider range of Windows computers.

    The new Aomei Data Backupper v1.1 (notice the subtle change?) introduces support for Windows 8 computers and the latest Windows Server releases. The software is now offered in two flavours – the full-fat “Backupper”, which supports Windows XP/Vista/7/8 and Server 2003/2008/2011/2012 and for which the download takes 52MB of space; and a lightweight “Backupper For Win7” package, which only supports the most recent Windows releases, Windows 7/8 and Windows Server 2008 R2 or Server 2012; but shrinks the download size to just 14MB. Both versions are functionally equivalent, so the shrunk-down version simply trims the download and installation size for those who have only the most recent Windows editions on their computer.

    While even the larger package of Aomei Data Backupper only supports Windows XP and upwards, for those who have older Windows releases, Aomei offers a concession to you as well. Also in the v1.1 update is an improved version of the AOMEI Backupper Linux Bootable Disc. Downloadable directly from the product’s download page as well as included with the full installs, the Linux Bootable Disk can be placed on a CD or other bootable media; which can then be inserted into a computer at boot time, allowing Aomei Data Backupper to be used without even touching Windows itself and regardless of what version Windows is on the computer. However, the software can only correctly back up Windows partitions and files, so this option is mostly useful if you have an unsupported version of Windows or can’t boot into Windows for any reason – users of other systems will likely find the capabilities of the Bootable Disk lacking, despite its Linux base. It also comes in handy if you want a portable version of the software to take with you and use on other computers, as the core Aomei Data Backupper software does not have a portable edition.

    Version Reviewed: 1.1.1
    File size: 14MB (Windows 7 Edition); 52MB (For all supported Windows); 39MB (Linux Bootable Disc)
    (Download sizes only – installed size may vary)
    Is it portable?: No

    [Aomei Data Backupper Homepage]

    Dec
    19
    2012

    Make file, partition or whole system backups with Aomei Data Backuper – try the beta for a chance to get goodies!

    Making backups of important data stored on your computer (or media attached to it) is always very important – if something happens to your technology and you can’t use it any more, can you afford to lose what you had stored on it? The importance of ensuring you’re prepared for any failure – and thus never regret not having a copy when the worst happens – is one of the reasons why software to automate and/or simplify the process of making backups is such a large industry, with tons of different tools on the market.

    Regular partner of Technically Motivated, Aomei Technology, have for a while now been establishing a reputation for affordable, well-built disk management tools for Windows computers that offer a nice alternative to common favourites like Paragon and EASEUS. Most of these tools have so far been focused towards converting one drive’s File System to another; or resizing, rearranging and moving partitions – but with recent versions of the latter tool, Aomei Partition Assistant, offering the ability to copy whole partitions, the tool has taken a slight curve to being useful for backups as well. So perhaps it was just a matter of time before Aomei released a backup tool of their own.

    Aomei Data Backuper is a brand new tool from Aomei that’s specifically designed for backing up the data on your computer and keeping it safe for if you ever lose files later on. As well as backing up the contents of individual folders, however, Data Backuper can also backup entire partitions or make a copy of the entire system; and does plenty more besides:

    Main Features:
    • System Backup and Restore
    • Disk Backup and Restore
    • Partition/Volume Backup and Restore
    • Disk Clone
    • Partition and Volume Clone
    More Features:
    • Create Bootable Rescue Media
    • Incremental & differential backups
    • Image file checker and explorer

    Aomei Data Backuper is soon to be launched as a commercial product, but in order to ensure it’s working well and to get feedback from potential customers, the company has released a free Beta of the product for everyone to try. As a special incentive, Aomei will give 100 randomly selected beta testers a Christmas gift of either the fullAOMEI Data Backuper Pro Edition when the final product is released; or their popular disk partition manager, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional Edition. This promotion and the beta software runs until December 20th and is compatible with Windows 7 and Windows 8 computers. So if you need a good-looking, functional backup tool and want the chance for an early Christmas gift, don’t miss out!

    Aomei Data Backuper Home page

    Feb
    21
    2011

    [EXPIRED] Get Easeus Data Recovery Wizard for free!

    Update: This giveaway has ended.

    I’m a little tied up today with personal and professional matters, so sadly I don’t have time to write in my usual style of highly detailed, informative posts today. However, I saw something earlier today that I thought was at least worth a passing mention. Technology website GHacks has scored an exclusive giveaway deal with CHENGDU YIWO Corp, and are giving away unlimited, fully licensed copies of Easeus Data Recovery Wizard free!

    Easeus Data Recovery Wizard is a recovery software for Windows that supports file, partition and complete recoveries of data. The software retails for $69.95 but is completely free of charge as part of this giveaway. The features include:

    • Recover deleted or lost files
    • Disk recovery after hard drive crashes, accidental formatting
    • Recover data from unformatted hard drives
    • Recover files if the partition is corrupt, not accessible anymore
    • Supports not only hard drives but also USB drives and storage, e.g. digital camera cards.
    • Supports FAT12, FAT16, VFAT, FAT32, NTFS/NTFS5 file systems
    • Create disk images to assist in the file recovery

    The giveaway is for the latest version of Data Recovery Wizard (V5.0.1). It comes with only one restriction: you cannot update the software to any future newer version, or the license expires automatically. The software is automatically registered on install, so all you have to do is go to the giveaway page on the GHacks website, download the program, and install it. It is not known when or if this giveaway will expire, so take advantage while you can!

    Read more about the giveaway.

    Aug
    19
    2010

    How the “deleted files aren’t actually deleted” computer quirk can actually be beneficial: File Recovery

    Remember that post I made about three weeks ago about why deleting a file on a computer doesn’t actually delete it? In it I made quite a big deal as to how the fact that files kept without you knowing can be a huge privacy and security risk, especially if they are of a sensitive nature. However, there’s another side to the story as well. Files that haven’t been permanently deleted can actually be a GOOD thing. Confused? Well, let me explain.

    Stop me if you’re familiar with this scenario. Your friend/work associate/person you know needs a favour from you and asks you to create a document for them. You, being a particularly helpful person, get the task done quickly and send him a copy. He says “thanks” and walks away with a copy of the work you just gave him. Satisfied that you won’t need your copy any more, you delete the file. Then later you decide to empty your Recycle Bin, and the file completely disappears from your computer. Suddenly, your friend/work associate/person you know contacts you to tell you he’s lost his copy and needs another, but you don’t have the original work any more because you deleted it!

    If you’ve ever had such a scenario, you probably know just what a nightmare it can be. And you’ve probably wished you could undo your foolishness and “un-delete” the file you just deleted. Well, I’m pleased to say you can stop freaking out and start relaxing, because you can! Read the rest of this entry »

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