Emptying trash taking too long !!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by novetan, Sep 12, 2010.

  1. novetan macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    I have about 22GB or about 23,500 items to be emptied from the trash. Most of items are just jpg images. I just started to commence emptying and it is taking approximate 1sec to delete one item. So by calculation, it will take 6.5 hrs. !

    At same time, I'm just doing my normal spread sheet work.

    Is there anything wrong?
  2. kresh macrumors 6502a


    Do you have "Empty Trash Securely" toggled on in Finder's preferences? If you do then the system overwrites each file seven times, and that will take forever :)

    I have deleted many more files insecurely and with a higher GB count and it never took that long.
  3. novetan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    Hey, thanks for info.

    Just everyone benefit, go to Finder,Preferences, uncheck empty trash securely. What it potentially take me the calculated 6.5 hrs took about 30 sec.

    I read thru the above links and someone suggested hold down the option key during emptying. While I didn't try that and didn't know how long it will take, is there any reason to do that when the box in the Finder can be simply uncheck?
  4. eleven7 macrumors regular

    Mar 14, 2009
    Holding down the option key can be used when files are locked and wont delete. If you didn't have any files that wouldn't delete then you were right in thinking you did not need to use that method.

    BTW, pressing the option key when emptying trash will take the same amount of time as a standard empty.
  5. novetan thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 3, 2010
    Do you mean holding down the Option key will rewrite the file seven times and yet the same speed as normal emptying trash?
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No, it only forces the trash to empty.
  7. Emroy macrumors newbie


    Feb 1, 2018
    Hi there,

    Up until recently i've been emptying my trash on my mac and its been going very quickly, until the other day. I did go into the preferences and what do you know? The empty trash securely isn't there anymore. Is that from a recent update? Anyone knows what i can do to speed it up?

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