is it normal for the fans to kick in during secure empty trash?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Sossity, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. Sossity macrumors 6502a

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    I am running a secure empty trash on my 2010 i7 macbook pro with 10.6.6, & I guess there is alot in the trash, over 15,000 items, & notice the fans are kicking in, is this normal?

    should I empty the trash more often? does it matter? will I need to do anything after this?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Any time your CPU/GPU has a heavy workload and temps rise, the fans can speed up. It's nothing to worry about. It's functioning as designed.
     
  3. Sossity thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I saw a little box showing the progress, then suddenly it dissappered, & the fans went off, how do I know it has finished?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Um..... is your trash empty?
     
  5. Sossity thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I clicked on the trash can on the dock, & saw most of the items to delete are still there.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Try holding the option key while you select empty trash.
     
  7. Sossity thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    This seemed to work, it looks like it might take awhile, & the fans are starting up again, is it ok if the fans run for awhile while the trash emptys?

    why did I have to use the option key? how do I get it to complete the job?

    how will I know or how can I check to know if it finished the empty secure? it seemed to just stop partway through it.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, it's fine that your fans spin faster. That's what they're designed to do. For trash questions, this should help:

    You can't empty the Trash or move a file to the Trash

    You can tell when your trash is empty because the trashcan icon on your Dock will be empty:
    ScreenCap 17.png ScreenCap 18.png
     
  9. badage macrumors newbie

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    Of course, unless you empty the trash, how else do you get rid of the smell? :D
     

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