Phantom also wrote this post: He seems to contradict himself in his next post. I believe he is right in the first post, saying the same thing I wrote. I think the answers to both of your questions are no. As for storing it in "info" as he says in his second post, that is very old. Windows 95 used "info" Win98 used info2. Windows XP uses two different ways of manipulating the Recycle Bin based on the filesystem used. It's either "Recycled' on the C drive or Recycler on the disk the info was deleted from. In fact, some privacy programs create there own version of a "Recycle Bin" which actually securely moves the file to the bin and then when the bin is securely erased there is no remaining original file on the disk. The only possibility is that some programs (maybe ERASER?) actually reads the information in the Recycle Bin and then erases the original file. But, most programs with "secure deletion" of Recycle Bin simply don't do it. Of course, I am not perfect. But, based on my own research, I think I am correct. But it's not like I've never been wrong before.