Secure empty trash... after empty trash

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ryans79, Feb 23, 2010.

  1. ryans79 macrumors regular

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    #1
    Hi,
    Here's my problem, i just deleted some files+emptied the trash... and just now read up about "secure empty trash", is there anyway to make sure the files i have already deleted are unrecoverable?

    MBP uni 13" snow leopard.

    Thanks!
    R
     
  2. Thiol macrumors 6502a

    Thiol

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    Jan 26, 2008
    #2
    Not easily, I don't think. There is an option in Disk Utility that allows you to erase free space (your erased and emptied files are now in the free space). If you do that with a single pass, that performs a function similar to the secure empty trash. Single pass erase writes over the data with 0s once. I think secure empty is a 35-pass erase.
     
  3. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

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    The 0 writing with Disk Utility will be good enough. Do a 7-pass if you're really paranoid, it's NSA approved. The 35-pass just takes too long and is overkill.
     
  4. ryans79 thread starter macrumors regular

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