After installing a video editor (Aiseesoft), I set the output destination to a folder in a second partition which is 'D:\Videos.' That folder had plenty of video files. Big mistake. All the files in that folder disappeared.
Using Recuva recovery software, I was able to recover a few files. The others won't play though. Now whenever I do the Search command, the deleted files are listed in the folder 'H/Videos' which seems a virtual drive. From that H drive, I was able to play the files but the files are truncated(cut short). I can even copy them to D:\ Videos and play but they are not complete. No big problem because I have a backup of them but in different and edited format.
My problem is how to permanently delete the deleted files from that H drive. Deleting them from the Search Results only gave a message "nothing to do" and "deleting from archive" which continues endlessly. Not sure if they still occupy hard drive space physically.
Using XP SP3. Thanks.
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deleted files are listed in the folder 'H/Videos' which seems a virtual drive
Probably not the answer you're looking for but this does work. If you have Unix/Linux skills, you can install the free Cygwin package (http://www.cygwin.org) and open a Bash shell and use good old "rm" to get rid of your files. Anything deleted by "rm" is gone and won't show up in a Recycle Bin.
You can actually search for free File Shredder software. I know there are tons of them around online.