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Wednesday 31st August 2016
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Where do files go when you put them in the Recycling Bin?


On your computer, when you put things in the Recycling Bin, what happens to them? Where does it go?
Sybil, Sydenham


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Name: Howard, Dulwich
Qualification: Worked in IT for 32 years
Answer: They don’t go anywhere. They stay on your computer – all that changes is one tiny item in the file that tells the computer to ignore it. If you then fill your disk, the computer will then start to overwrite those files when they need the space.

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