Secure delete trash 50GB of data. How long do you think will take?

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by PicnicTutorials, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. PicnicTutorials macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2013
    The new imac has been workong on it for 4 hours now. Windows at least tried to estimate this time! The mac just says deleting. Am I looking at a couple more hours here or a couple more days? Or is it stuck in motion? I know I can force close finder. But I'm trying to be patient at let it do it's work. Patients is hard for me without a remaining time noticification.
  2. PicnicTutorials thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Dec 29, 2013
    Ok I got my answer. It finally finished. It took about exactly 5 hours to erase 50G of data securely. So figure an hour per 10G.
  3. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    This is faster (via the Terminal):
    sudo srm -rszv <path-to-folder>

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