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skf

New Member
Hello,
I made a mistake, i click erase to a folder i don't wanted to, immediately i turned off the computer, I'm not sure if some files were removed

i want to ask, if there's some evidence that files were removed (temp files, logs from eraser)

Thanks
Sohan
 

DavidHB

Active Member
Switching off the computer will have destroyed the Eraser log, as it is held in memory until Eraser exits normally. That said, in your position I would have done what you did to try and save some files at least.

If the files no longer appear in Explorer, they are almost certainly gone. You can use a file recovery program such as Recuva, to find out whether anything recoverable remains.

David
 

skf

New Member
Thank you for your response.

Now i have a few questions

After running eraser it is assumed that the deleted files will be shown in Recuva ?
Shutting down the computer will make some files corrupted ?
There is some order to delete files? (By sectors, alphabetically...)

Thanks
 

DavidHB

Active Member
If a file is deleted, it will show up in Recuva. If it is erased, under normal conditions it will not show up in Recuva. Your switch-off created abnormal conditions, and therefore it made sense to see if anything was recoverable, even if it was not visible in Explorer in the normal way.

Switching off without shutting down properly can certainly corrupt files, but it does not happen invariably. Again, Recuva may help.

I don't know what order Eraser deletes files in, but would assume that it is in the order in which the file names appear in the task definition, which is the order in which they were added to the task.

David
 

skf

New Member
Thank you for your great help David

Sohan
 

skf

New Member
Does Eraser stars erasing by the oldest folder on the hdd ?
Can anyone confirm this?
 

DavidHB

Active Member
skf said:
Does Eraser stars erasing by the oldest folder on the hdd ?
Can anyone confirm this?
Joel can confirm this, though his work is keeping him away from the forum at the moment.

If you can read C# (which is rather Java-like), you can check for yourself, as the Eraser source code can be downloaded from SourceForge.

David
 

Joel

Active Member
Eraser erases files by the OS-provided order, which from anecdotal evidence is usually alphabetical. Eraser further erases subdirectories depth-first, if memory serves.
 
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