Problem While Secure Emptying Trash

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  1. sheepopo39 macrumors 6502

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    While Secure Emptying the Trash today which had a 10gb file in it, the trash seemed to freeze. So I was forced to reset finder and reboot, and normal emptied trash, the problem is that now it seems that I'm missing 4 gbs, of space, so instead trash only deleted 6gbs of the file.

    Could this have caused a problem with my HD?


    Thanks,

    John
     
  2. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    The secure empty overwrites the file 7 times. You would have had to allow time for 70GB of data to be written to your drive.
     
  3. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    Use disk utility to erase free disk space. Use 7 pass erase and it will be just like using "Empty Securely" on Trash. Basically you'll get your HDD space back.
     
  4. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    If you're going to erase free disk space to try to get back the lost space, just zero it out. Only use the 7 pass erase i you're purging the entire drive of sensitive files, not to recover lost disk space.
     
  5. Cynicalone macrumors 68040

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    I was assuming the OP wanted to delete it securely since that is what he started out doing. But either way will work. Zeroing it out would certainly be faster.
     
  6. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

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    Ah, true.
     

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