Re: need help with computer
i dont know about index.dat, but there is traces of everything you deleted all over your drive. there are a lot of "file shredders" on the net for download.these remove all trace of it on your drive, by overwriting it several times then deleting it, then removing all traces of it from the registry. but beware because some of these just delete it normally, after sending it to a malicious user(hacker).and when something is deleted(not put in recycle bin)it doesnt get stored anywhere,it gets "wiped from the drive".(hard drives store information on a very thin disk inside the casing, and on that disk are billions upon billions of tiny magnetic "grains", that are arranged in a specific order so that your hard drive can read it as bits and bytes).when something is deleted these "grains" are "wiped" away.but 9 times out of 10 there are traces left on there, and from these you can reconstruct part of that info. hope that helps, i know i rambled on but i have a certain passion for computers lol.