Emptying trash securely?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by newbie2008, Mar 28, 2008.

  1. newbie2008 macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2008
    when i was emptying my trash securely is showed it was deleting 300+ files but i only had about 10 items in trash. so where did the other 290 items come from? b/c they aren't appearing in trash when i click on the trash icon. it opens up and shows the only 10 items that i put in trash.
  2. benlangdon macrumors 65832


    Jan 13, 2008
    ya i also wondered about this.
    i deleted like 20 gb of stuff.
    3 hours into deleting securely i said F*(# it.

    i think it writes the area over with o's
  3. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    the reporting of files is a bug. i get >10 items when i securely delete a couple of files.

    secure empty trash writes zeros over the data so it is very hard to recover. not impossible as some complex data recovery apps could recover them.
  4. EB66 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    hmmm interesting i always wondered about that

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