Does Secure Empty Trash shorten HD lifespan

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Libertine Lush, Dec 9, 2009.

  1. Libertine Lush macrumors 6502a

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  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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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.
     
  3. Moocher macrumors regular

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    Does Secure Empty Trash shorten HD lifespan


    NO
     
  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    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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