Emptying the bin

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by 251920, May 31, 2009.

  1. 251920 macrumors member

    Sep 17, 2008
    I apologise in advance if the question will sound stupid,
    but is it normal for a macbook, to get really hot when it empties out the recycle bin irretrievably? And is it normal that it takes a long time?

    Cheers for the answers in advance...
  2. morrisman1 macrumors 6502

    if you do a secure delete, it will zero out the data meaning that it will replace the data you are deleting with zeros on the physical harddrive. this eliminates chance of the data being recovered and it does involve a lot of harddrive activity but the machine shouldnt get warmer than normal when doing this as its not a cpu or gpu intensive task

    it is normal to take a long time because its has to physically access each piece of data, wheras with a normal delete it just tells the harddrive that it can overwrite that data and not to consider it as being used.

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