Secure Empty Trash feature

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by BGTHEMOGUL, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. BGTHEMOGUL macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2010
    #1
    How come when I enable the "Secure Empty Trash" feature and put something into the trash and then empty the trash it says it's emptying 4 things even though I only put one single item into the trash bin?
     
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2005
    Location:
    USA
  3. nelz886 macrumors member

    nelz886

    Joined:
    Oct 23, 2010
    Location:
    New Jersey
    #3
    Inside the folder there are two hidden files: .DS_Store and .localized. In addition if you delete the a folder an additional .DS_Store is removed; so that totals 4 files. :)
     
  4. BGTHEMOGUL thread starter macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Nov 12, 2010
    #4
    This is only when the Secure Empty Trash is selected, correct?

    Because before I enabled this it would just delete the one item. Now when I put a text document in there and empty the trash it says deleting 4 items.
     
  5. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2005
    Location:
    USA
    #5
    Well, if it makes you feel better it says 12 items for me. When I run the command "ls -a .Trash" it shows 4 "items" in there: ., .., .DS_Store, file. If I had to guess, I'd say the secure erase makes temporary doubles for overwriting purposes, and mine has double that due to also running FileVault.

    Another contributor is that each volume mounted has its own .Trash folder on it, and when you go to delete, it checks each of them.

    Other discussions:
    http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=10420425
    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1469561&tstart=0
     
  6. Sundance2007 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2007
  7. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

    angelwatt

    Joined:
    Aug 16, 2005
    Location:
    USA
    #7
    Finder > Preferences
     
  8. Sundance2007 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2007
    #8
    Thanks, looked in main prefs but didn't even know there was another prefs in finder.
     

Share This Page