Secure Empty Trash

Discussion in 'macOS' started by giovanni.apd, Aug 1, 2006.

  1. giovanni.apd macrumors member

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    When I attempt to secure my empty trash through the Finder menu I am unable to due so. The text appears grey and unclickable. I have tried to do this from all accounts on the computer including the admin account and I have emptied the trash from each of these accounts.
    Does anyone know what the problem might be or if there is any other way to go about this?
     
  2. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Open terminal, type:

    Code:
    which srm
    Does anything come up?
     
  3. giovanni.apd thread starter macrumors member

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    sorry, i have no idea what you're talking about...
    would you be able to walk me through this?
     
  4. yankeefan24 macrumors 65816

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    Go to Applications --> Utilities --> Terminal

    Then type in the code.
     
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  6. yellow Moderator emeritus

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    Hmm that's what it should say. "srm" is the command line tool for "secure remove", so there's no reason that it should be greyed out in your Finder pull-down menu.

    Are you using any 3rd party haxies or other user interface enhancements that might be interfereing with it?
     
  7. tweakers_suck macrumors regular

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    It is not clear to me from your original post, but do you have any items in your trash? Or are you trying to secure after emptying the trash? Secure Empty Trash only works when you actually have items in the trash that you want to delete securely.
     
  8. giovanni.apd thread starter macrumors member

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    oh ok, that explains it.
    I thought that it deleted the data left over from trash that has previously been deleted.
    Is there anyway to securely delete the remaining data from previously deleted file?
     
  9. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Open Applications->Utilities->Disk Utility.

    Select your hard drive on the sidebar on the left ("Macintosh HD"), then select the "Erase" tab, then pick the "Erase Free Space..." button.

    [​IMG]
     
  10. smartalic34 macrumors 6502a

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    will "erasing free space" free up more hard disk space by any chance in addition to providing security?
     
  11. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Nope.

    Emptying the Trash will do that, as will emptying the cache on Safari, etc. But erasing free space won't do anything to free up disk space.
     

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