I'm not illiterate. I can read and follow direction. But 5 attempts and 5 error messages that speak of various problems with the "tasks" makes me very nervous. The files are gone but are they really? Your advise to another user is to run an off the web file finder to check to see if they are found doesn't hold water... unless this is the same and ONLY file finder an agency like Homeland Security or other nefarious agency uses. Now what? Take a sledgehammer to the drive?