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Microsoft => Microsoft Windows => Windows Vista and 7 => Topic started by: JCedrus on June 02, 2010, 05:44:38 PM

Title: USB Memory Sticks
Post by: JCedrus on June 02, 2010, 05:44:38 PM
Can anyone tell me if I plug a USB Memory Stick into my computer, view files on it, then take it out, does it leave any trace of what I viewed or read on my hard drive, in my registry, anywhere?
Title: Re: USB Memory Sticks
Post by: Computer_Commando on June 02, 2010, 05:51:39 PM
Yes, under recent documents viewed, the shortcut will exist.  However once the memory stick is removed, the shortcut is a shortcut to nowhere.
Title: Re: USB Memory Sticks
Post by: JCedrus on June 03, 2010, 09:40:20 AM
Thanx Commando....I have another question, if I May....If I wipe the free space on my hard drive....will it completely delete all old files and recently visited web sites?

Also, If I make a backup disk, and then reformat my harddrive, will it be as if starting from scratch, with a new computer?
Title: Re: USB Memory Sticks
Post by: quaxo on June 04, 2010, 07:54:29 AM
No, "wiping free space" won't delete old files or temp internet files. This can be done either through Windows or your browser's options, although neither method gets everything. A program like CCleaner is a little more effective, but don't use it to clean your registry.