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    complete windows reinstall and trashcan not empty. Due to external harddrive?

    Hello,

    I just made a complete reinstall of my winXP. Right after all the upgrades were done, I put some file into the trashcan and tried to empty it.

    And what was not my surprise when:

    1) I was told that some "old file" could not be deleted because the folder was not empty (or something along these lines).
    2) I was asked if I was sure I wanted to delete some "old folder".

    "Old file" and "old folder" were both part of the previous install, and since I completely reformated my harddrive, I don't see how they could've persist. Could it be due to an external drive where they once belonged? And if yes, how can I solve such issues?

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    -jj.

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    I would plug in the external drive and then try to delete. Windows "lost" where the files are located probably after your formatted the hard drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmuench View Post
    I would plug in the external drive and then try to delete.
    I did. Not a change. Every time I try to empty the trashcan I get this odd message.

    Quote Originally Posted by cmuench View Post
    Windows "lost" where the files are located probably after your formatted the hard drive.
    I don't understand. If I reformat and reinstall windows, shouldn't windows forget about its previous existence?

    Also, on another note, I tried a soft named recova, and still after a reinstall, it recovers files. Is there a program that shuffles the deepest layers of a drive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmuench View Post
    From what I gathered, you'd use dban before a disk reformat and a os resintall.

    Is there something that you can use without having to reinstall your comp?


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