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    how do you recover something you deleted?
    i put something in the trash and emptied it.

    now i need it.

    i suppose this is a fine opportunity to learn to recover my boo boo's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin_msu
    i put something in the trash and emptied it.

    now i need it.

    i suppose this is a fine opportunity to learn to recover my boo boo's.
    Time Machine is not out yet is it?

    http://mac-forums.com/forums/showthr...=File+Recovery

    Only topic I can find..

    You can normally recover deleted (including from Recycle bin) files in DOS, so would Terminal be able to do anything..

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    If you deleted it, then you deleted it. Its gone.
    A good number of those "recovery" apps simply keep a highly compressed copy of all of your files. That way even after you put it in the trash and empty it, you don't really delete it. That way when you run the app, it magically "restores" the file you "deleted". That being said, if you install those apps after you have already deleted something, then you are out of luck because the application never had the chance to make the copy first.
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    Wow... Man I wish time machine were there for him. It's a need, not a privilege.
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    I don't know how long after he deleted it he realized that he needed it, but I wish they would've put a confirmation dialog when you go to empty the trash. It's annoying when you want to delete stuff, but it has saved me many times in Windows. That being said, this adds nothing to the thread, but it's semi-revelant.

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    There is a confirmation dialog window that pops up when you empty the trash.
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    I get a confirmation dialog when I empty the trash
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    Quote Originally Posted by rman
    There is a confirmation dialog window that pops up when you empty the trash.
    I don't get one for some reason :confused:

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverEagle5
    I don't get one for some reason :confused:
    Are your emptying the trash by ctrl clicking/right clicking on the trash icon and hitting empty trash? If so then the actually clicking and selecting required by that should be more than enough warning for you. You only get the confirmation message if you use the keyboard shortcut or select it from the finder menu
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    Quote Originally Posted by D3v1L80Y
    If you deleted it, then you deleted it. Its gone.
    Not really, there is a secure empty trash option for a reason, because regular empty trash doesn't really delete the item from your hard drive. When you delete if just allows that space to be overwritten with new data, but if you haven't written anything, that file should still be there. Check trpnmonkey41's link.

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    Oh, I see. I keep the button down over the trash, which is just like control+clicking, i guess, and do it that way. I'm just used to the confirmation dialog in Windows when i right click on the recycle bin and click empty. At least I now know why it doesn't give me one, though...lol.

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    If you click on the Trash and open the Trash window then click the gear and then go empty trash, it always shows the conformation. It's just when you right click on the trash and go empty trash that is does not ask.

    Hope that makes sense.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D3v1L80Y
    If you deleted it, then you deleted it. Its gone.
    A good number of those "recovery" apps simply keep a highly compressed copy of all of your files. That way even after you put it in the trash and empty it, you don't really delete it. That way when you run the app, it magically "restores" the file you "deleted". That being said, if you install those apps after you have already deleted something, then you are out of luck because the application never had the chance to make the copy first.
    Just to clarify what mynameis pointed out: Most files aren't actually "deleted" until that space on the harddrive is overwritten with new data.

    So you can often recover the information with a utility if the deletion wasn't too long ago.

    This will not work though if you chose secure empty as it will overwrite the space with random data.

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    well... oh well. it was just some pictures i had for desktops. i thought i backed them up, but i didn't. its not really a big deal. i just figured this would be a fine opportunity to learn.


    now this secure delete..... say i had a rolling thing of all my passwords or some kind of sensitive data file and i printed it for my records, now i don't want it on my HD anymore. how do i secure delete it?
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