Permanently delete files emptied from trash

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  1. ptc6 macrumors newbie

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    I know there is data recovery programs and such, but If I deleted lots of stuff from trash over the months, is their a setting I can permanently delete it.

    (I know secure trash would have worked, but can you just just delete completely all what have emptied from trash already.
     
  2. Zh2 macrumors member

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    Hi,

    " No " is the simplest answer I can offer!

    Emptying the trash only deletes part of the file " trashed ". Secure Empty Trash actually writes zeros over that part of the disk, thus entirely erasing the file.

    Regards.

    Z.
     
  3. Pndrgnsvc macrumors 6502

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    Clearly the CIA, MI-5 and the like would take exception, but this may work until a more robust solution is found (and it's free).

    1. Use Disk Utilities to erase free space. And, if you're really nervous, do this a few times.
    2. In Finder preferences, enable the option to: Empty Trash Securely

    AFAIK, this will preclude all casual miscreants from accessing your deleted data.
     
  4. ptc6 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    In disk utility where do you delete.

    is there a way of deleting for good the files you have already emptied from trash?
     
  5. simsaladimbamba

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    ERASE FREE SPACE
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