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Need advanced windows vista help

Discussion in 'Windows Vista' started by A13XIO, Feb 3, 2018.

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  1. A13XIO

    A13XIO Thread Starter

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    I have a rather time sensitive problem that i have been working on for close to a month now with some success but mostly dead ends. I am running out of ideas and could really use some serious insight. I am trying to find a website that my friend visited in mid to late 2009. Unfortunately he formatted or retset the computer a few months after he visited the website. I have been using various data recovery programs with some secuess so far but nothing definitive.
    I am trying to understand where website data is stored in the vista operating system assuming they were using internet explorer. I know about the inxed.dat file cash already and have been trying to recover it. Unfortunately because of the co.position of the data cash i am not even sure if the index.dat file could be successfully recovered in a way that it could then be decoded. I am wondering if there is a way to search for pieces of the index.dat file or if the information was possibly saved somewhere else?
    I know this sounds pretty unimportant but id be willing to explain more of you think you could help me.

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    There is absolutely no way to find a site that was visited 8 or 9 years ago in Browser cache

    A computer formatted the same 8 or 9 years ago will have had the area on the disc overwritten so many times that any retrieval will be completely impossible.

    I suppose it "might", theoretically be possible for a data recovery specialist with the resources of the NSA or similar to recover some information if they were willing to spend in the high thousands of $$$ and weeks or months of work.
     
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    I was just wondering, do you think it would be impossible because the same type of information would be written to a similar place on a hard drive platter and once its formatted and the old files are marked for deletion the area would be be re-written every time a new web site was visited? And after 1000 or more web sites visited the area is likely to be be compleatly rewritten?

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