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    How Do I? or What Is?

    Hello,

    I haven't been around for a very long while, but haven't forgotten that you all were here. So, here I am with a new question.

    Recently, I took some digital photographs of my daughter at a Halloween Party held at a club near where we live. I've used the digital camera on several occassions without any problems in the resulting pictures.

    Several years ago, I was briefly interested in paranormal things and read some about "orbs" sometimes thought to be energy transferred between people and things or sometimes thought to be ghosts. Which is correct, I have no idea. One of life's greatest mysteries perhaps, but that's not why I'm here today exactly...

    Several of the pictures... well, most of the pictures I took of my girl at this Halloween Party contained those energy orbs and being what I precieved at not sendable or ruined, I deleted all of those. Keeping only 3 or 4 of the party pictures. My husband is in the Navy and returned from deployment recently. A few days ago, he's browsing through the few pictures of our daughters party, since he missed it, and asks me if this was all that I'd took. I told him No, I'd taken several but nearly all of them were filled with these orbs and our daughter wasn't much visible, blurry, or whatever. I got rid of every picture I thought worthless. He's made it clear that he'd like to have seen these ruined pictures, but what can I do, they're gone right?

    Last night, I'm watching Law & Order on TV, not unusual. This particular show has to do illegal internet activities. The police take the computer into their custody and are able to retrieve email and picture files, even those that were deleted from the disk, as if deleted files aren't really deleted.

    My question is, was this just something made up for the show, or are our files not really deleted? If it's not really deleted then where do these deleted files go in order to make room for the new things we put on our computers. Better still, do I still have the ruined photo's of our daughters Halloween party with the energy orbs? Is there some way I can still show those to my husband since he really wanted to see the orbs (ghosts) floating about this Navy base's most popular club and our 3 year old daughter?


    Thanks for everyone's time that reads and I look forward to any repllies.
    Sincerely,
    LisaDarln

    PS: I did keep one picture of her on the dance floor. There's one orb in this one, if anyone wants to see it.
    LisaDarln
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    yes....when things are put into the trash..(and the trash is emptied) they are gone

    as to weither you have the pics....did you emptie the trash
    ? if not..simply restore them to there location they weere deleted from..

    quick question....what did the 'orbs' have to do with your question at all?...
    not judging or any thing.....but really..cmon now

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    David

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    The show is correct. When you delete files there are not actually gone. They just have the space reclaimed as free by the harddrive. The only way to securely "delete" things off your harddrive is to write consecutive 0's and 1's over and over again until the data cannot be retirieved. As for your Halloween orbs, it depends on how long ago, and how much data was written over the top of them.
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    Well, when you delete a file from windows, all windows does is mark it as available space to be written over. It does not actually delete it. Heres some links to Data recover. Now more than likely, you would have to pay for this, but maybe you can find something.

    This company allows you to recover up to 1MB of data for free, I know that might not be a loty of pictures, but maybe it'll let you see whats still on your hard drive
    http://www.recallusa.com/

    http://www.b******.net/ This company has a free version

    Good luck

    edit: looks liek someone beat me to it.
    lol
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    Actually when you empty the recycle bin it is still there the file can still be recovered
    to find out more about erasing files off of your hardrive http://www.antionline.com/showthread...hreadid=250632

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    can i see the picture?

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    As others have stated when you delete a file it is not actually gone - windows simply removes the flag from that area of your disk so that you can simply write informaton over it. As long as you havn't overwritten the data too many times you can still recover it - tho the more it has been written over the harder it is to do (see the DoD matrix on datadeletion -> http://www.zdelete.com/dod.htm)
    a quick search on google and downloads.com turned up these links ::
    http://www.ontrack.com/easyrecovery/
    http://www.b******.net/
    http://download.com.com/3000-2094-10212994.html
    http://download.com.com/3000-2094-6730657.html
    http://download.com.com/3000-2094-6730657.html

    seems that you can get trials but your prolly gonna have to pay if you want to do it properly - but if your deleting stuff by accident on a regular basis might be a good idea to invest

    btw:: not a big thing but you mgiht get a better response next time if you posted in like Newbie Ques or GCC as how do i is for questions related to site features and how to use them

    v_Ln

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    Base?

    Originally posted here by AllYourBase
    can i see the picture?

    So what is your point for the post ALLYOURBASE?

    The question is valid, albeit a bit unusual with the paranormal stements.

    Get a life.

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    Trya very good recovery software called Pc Inspector File recovery

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