Secure Deleting

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ktalebian, Jun 12, 2009.

  1. ktalebian macrumors regular

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    Dec 25, 2007
    #1
    Hi there,
    I think i Have secure deleting on, on my Mac OS X 10.5.7. It takes a good 10mins to delete like only 200 files (relatively small, like picture/music/document files).
    I don't remember how I turned this future on, but how can I turn it off? Its really annoying how long it takes to delete something!!

    Thanks!
     
  2. dvdhsu macrumors 6502a

    dvdhsu

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    Mar 28, 2008
    Location:
    Palo Alto, CA
    #2
    The only secure deleting I know of is going into finder and selecting "Secure Empty Trash." To secure delete, you have to do that every time. Is that what you're talking about?
     
  3. gmanterry macrumors regular

    gmanterry

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    May 31, 2008
    Location:
    Phoenix, AZ
    #3
    It's easy to fix.

    Just go to Finder Preferences. Then under the "Advanced" tab uncheck the bottom item. "Empty Trash Securely".
    That should fix your problem.

    Terry
     
  4. Jethryn Freyman macrumors 68020

    Jethryn Freyman

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    Aug 9, 2007
    Location:
    Australia
    #4
    The secure empty trash function in the Finder does a 7 pass erase.

    The terminal commands are:

    "srm -rvfs " for a single pass erase.
    "srm -rvfm " for a 7 pass erase.
    "srm -rvf " for a 35 pass erase.
     

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