Windows 10: Is it possible to recover deleted encrypted documents?

  1.    11 Mar 2018 #1

    Is it possible to recover deleted encrypted documents?

    I asked a thread not long ago about how to delete files on my computer completely. Basically these files i encrypted it with axcrypt and i was told if its encrypted and you delete it and then delete it off recycle bin, the files are pretty much deleted. And if someone were to have access to the computer and were to have access to the files, well its fine because its encrypted with a password. The thing is right now is it possible for me to recover those deleted documents?

    The reason i ask this is because im having issues logging into my email where i store those documents. I encrypted them in the email but i cannot log into my email.

    I have the password encryption and everything for it. I deleted these files while encrypted with axcrypt and then deleted it off recycle bin. Thus if i cover recover it, i would then open it with my axcrypt password and then have access to it. I assume its possible but its going to be a very tough process? I should have just left those documents in my computer but just decided to delete if. I can the same can be said about any pictures that i deleted etc.
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  2.    11 Mar 2018 #2

    If deleted files have been overwritten (by normal disk usage) you're sunk. While they are in the recycle bin, they will not be overwritten.

    There are plenty of data recovery programs around- the good ones will give you an estimate of the probability of recovery (i.e. how much of the file has been overwritten).

    Bottom line- back up everything you are at risk of losing.
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  3.    11 Mar 2018 #3

    AIn addition to dalchna's post...

    If your drive is SSD/NVMe, the "TRIM" utility of the OS will delete the file to make the blocks writable...

    Garbage Collection and TRIM in SSDs Explained An SSD Primer | The SSD Review
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  4.    11 Mar 2018 #4

    HI there. My hard drive is an ssd. Does that mean anything? I first deleted it and it went to recycle bin. Then i deleted it off the recycle bin. I backed my files up in my email but i cannot log into my email account. So thats why im asking this.
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