OS X writing OS's data to external drive

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by MacMan988, Oct 3, 2013.

  1. MacMan988 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2012
    Hi, I use an external drive to share data with others (other people using both pc and macs). I have seen that my mac creates some hidden folders (Trash, Spotlight etc) in the external drive that becomes visible when the drive is plugged into other computers.

    I'm worried about my privacy due to this. Can it copy any of my personal information in this way?
  2. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    It is only system files for keeping track of files in folders. No privacy issues, and they can be deleted without anything bad happening.
  3. MacMan988 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2012
    Thank you for the reply. If I send a file on my mac's internal HDD to trash, will it be stored in the .Trash file of the external HDD?
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    No... the .trash on the external would only contain files that were on the external and then deleted and not emptied.
  5. MacMan988 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 7, 2012
    Ok. Thanks for the information.

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