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Old Dec 27, 2008, 06:18 AM   #1
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Whats the difference between "empty" and "securely empty" the trash?

I really have no idea what so ever. i just know that secure empty trash takes longer :S
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Old Dec 27, 2008, 07:16 AM   #2
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from the apple KB article - http://docs.info.apple.com/article.h...5/en/8279.html

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Important: Even after you empty the Trash, deleted files can be recovered using data-recovery software. To delete files so they canít be recovered, choose Finder > Secure Empty Trash. Files deleted in this way are completely overwritten by meaningless data. This may take some time, depending on the size of the file.
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Old Dec 27, 2008, 07:36 AM   #3
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Trash

Securely delete writes 0s over the files, so it takes longer but it is MUCH safer if ur paranoid. U don't need it unless u are a spy, work with the pentagon or if ur top secret

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Old Dec 27, 2008, 07:40 AM   #4
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cheers man . so ppl that say that mac's are rubbish because if you delete a file it can never be found again are wrong !
(unless its securely deleted)
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Correct - u can also use time machine (OSX 10.5) to recover files
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Old Dec 27, 2008, 08:06 AM   #6
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cheers man . so ppl that say that mac's are rubbish because if you delete a file it can never be found again are wrong !
(unless its securely deleted)
People who say this aren't so much wrong as... erm, oh hell. Normal people consider the ability to permanently delete a file in a way that is irretrievable to be a feature of an operating system....
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