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Hey. I'd like to say that I use Google Drive for a long time. And as much Google Drive has helped me in my life. It has also made me feel very insecure. I usually uploaded very personal files of both me and my friends. And now have removed them for prviacy purposes(they are not even photos of me). The issue is I contacted Google Drive's team and they told me the removed files would be automatically data wiped. However It's been about 4 years already and the Google Drive's request to recover removed files still brings them back. Is there a way I could really remove them permanently without removing my account? Since I am registered on a lot of places from here. I'm no longer even friends with some of the people. So it could create serious issues.
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Hi David, let me get this straight.....you deleted the files four years ago from the trash bin and yet you were still able to recover them? Or are you saying you utilized the file recovery option within a short period of time after the file was gone from the trash bin? You can restore files for a short time after they are gone from the trash bin.
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There might have been modification's and the last time edited were 2018. However as good as I can remember most of the files weren't modified and in their blank state. Which makes the first argument correct. They were files even i myself have long lost access too. I was surprised the tool can bring them back. I had uploaded picture in 2017 and removed them right after. The tool was able to bring back everything in perfect quality.
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Hi David, I just wanted to ask...the file that you deleted four years ago back in 2018 were they shared with you files or ones that clearly showed you as the owner (and then you didn't pass that ownership off to someone else)?
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They waren't shared. I'm 100% sure. I was in high-school then and many were just me taking funny photos of me as a teen. Or memes. I wasn't employed or anything else.
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Hanging out since 2017
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Hi David, let me see what I can find out for you.
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Hej,
what tool are you using to bring them back? I've deleted very important files and need to recover them?)
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Hanging out since 2017
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Hi MaskON, the actual tool to recover Google Drive files if they have been removed from the trash bin would be by going through the form at https://support.google.com/drive/gethelp and those specialists would either tell you if the files can be recovered or not.
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Sorry for the long reply. I don't think anything can be done. This is just the way the Google File System works. I'm currently transferring all social accounts and other important stuff to a new gmail. And never upload sensetive information of me or my friends on cloud.
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Hey David,

I have a few more questions if you don't mind:

What platform were you using to access Google Drive?
Once the file is recovered, was it accessible on both the Drive mobile app and desktop?
What is the device's model/make and OS version on where you were using to recover the file?
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Hey. New account same guy. I was using only Windows over the years. I'm not a Linux guy. As for the file recovery itself I was using the Official request where Google attempts to recover the files for you. They were recovered to the Google Drive itself. So yeah. If you could log in, you could access the files anywhere. We are talking about the cloud. Not a local hard disk. This was tested with both files uploaded via the browser and through the Google Drive or Now Back Up and Sync app for Windows. I consider this a security nightmare as people store extremely sensetive information on their cloud. This needs to be fixed asap.

If you live in a country where Google has headquarters. It might be a good idea to go there personally yourself. And inform those in high positions of what is going on.
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