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Recovering deleted photos issues

aramamami

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May 18, 2013
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Hello
I accidentally deleted some photos on my macbook some months ago that Im trying to recover using "Wondershare Data Recovery". The problem is that the raw recovery has found around 50K photos where most of them are so weird. It has litteraly found screenshots of every site and page i have visited on the internet. There are also so many weird photos of random people that I have never seen before. Can somebody please tell me why my macbook takes screenshots of all my internet activity that can be found by a raw recovery?
Isnt there a way to delete your files so it cant be found with a raw recovery, or else it would be dangerous if your mac gets stolen or you want to sell it.
 
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Weaselboy

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It sounds like what you are seeing is files in the browser cache.

Click the desktop then hit shift-command-g (all three at once) then paste the below path into the box and hit enter. Look around in the folders there and you will see a bajiillion files that are cached from your browsing activity.

Code:
~/Library/Caches/com.apple.Safari

You can remove those files from your system by doing a reset of Safari. In Safari click the Safari menu then choose Reset Safari... then check the box for webpage preview images and then click reset.

If you were to sell your machine you could just delete your user account and all this would be gone anyway.
 
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aramamami

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May 18, 2013
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Yes i reset my safari history and empty the browser cache, but my problem is that all those deleted caches, files and photos through the years can be found with a simple raw recovery.
How can i delete them once and for all so nobody can find them again, not even with raw recovery ?
 
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maflynn

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[MOD NOTE]
OP, I changed your title as "ddd" was not descriptive, please try to use precise and descriptive titles so other members know what you're asking
 
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aramamami

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May 18, 2013
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[MOD NOTE]
OP, I changed your title as "ddd" was not descriptive, please try to use precise and descriptive titles so other members know what you're asking

Yes sorry, i made a thread with the right title but it didnt show up on the forum, so i just made a random thread with the title "ddd" to see if that would work, and it somehow got posted, sry.
 
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Weaselboy

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Yes i reset my safari history and empty the browser cache, but my problem is that all those deleted caches, files and photos through the years can be found with a simple raw recovery.
How can i delete them once and for all so nobody can find them again, not even with raw recovery ?

You can follow this guide to erase free space.

Maybe I can be of more help if you explain why you are concerned. Are you worried someone will steal your laptop and see these files? If so, you might want to consider turning on Lion/Mt. Lion's Filevault2 disk encryption. With encryption on nobody will ever be able to see anything on your drive without your password.
 
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aramamami

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May 18, 2013
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My Mac OS X version is 10.6.8, I dont have Lion.

Yes, that is exactly what Im afraid of, that some day my macbook will get stolen, and the thief will be able to recover all my deleted photos and files that have been on my macbook from day 1, it very private.
Isnt there a way to completely delete something from a macbook, so it can never be found again?

Thanks for your help.
 
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Weaselboy

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My Mac OS X version is 10.6.8, I dont have Lion.

Yes, that is exactly what Im afraid of, that some day my macbook will get stolen, and the thief will be able to recover all my deleted photos and files that have been on my macbook from day 1, it very private.
Isnt there a way to completely delete something from a macbook, so it can never be found again?

Thanks for your help.

Okay... gotcha. If your machine supports Mt. Lion, you might consider upgrading so you can use Filevault2. It is very transparent and secure.

For now, if you do the erase free space, that will get rid of any files you currently have on there. Then for future deletes you can turn on secure empty trash. This will prevent recovery of files you have deleted.

 
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aramamami

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May 18, 2013
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Thanks a LOT! So the erase free disk space will permanently delete are the files that can be recovered right now. And the secure empty trash box will permanently delete future stuff, right ?

Thanks again :)
 
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