It is not common knowledge to use this method to expose the files contained within the cache created by browsing the internet. Although it is very convenient when you want to recover say a video that you were watching online on Facebook, YouTube, etc. which has since been removed.

The first thing you are going to want to do is load up your web browser. I definitely recommend the use of Mozilla Firefox 3.6+ for the more experienced user. This is due to its huge range of customizations and plugins that are available free off the Mozilla site.

You can download the latest version of Mozilla Firefox here

Next you need to type into the address bar at the top of the page the following, without the quotation marks “about:cache”. You will now notice that you have been presented with a page of text. To view each cache just click the corresponding link found under the details of each cache.

I.e. if you want to view your Disk Cache to retrieve a lost file then you would click onto the “List Cache Entries” hyperlink below the description of the Disk Cache.

Like so:

disk cache

Once you have clicked the link you will be presented with another page  of text which will look similar to this:

disk cache further

You now have a directly accessible list of files that have been stored on your cache file which can be freely traversed and manipulated at your will.

Enjoy your newly found cache traversal knowledge. Use for legitimate purposes only.