Does Secure Empty Trash shorten HD lifespan

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
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That's ridiculous! It's just writing to the hard drive. It can't hurt it or shorten its life any more than writing any information to it.
 

miles01110

macrumors Core
Jul 24, 2006
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The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
In the most academic sense it shortens your hard drive's lifespan by adding more "write" cycles to the drive. In reality, mechanical failures are going to claim your drive long before this becomes an issue in the first place.
 
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