Secure empty trash

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by mac888, Dec 18, 2014.

  1. mac888 macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2014
    I have searched and can't find an answer for this.

    I will have very few files in the trash and when I secure empty trash it says it is deleting hundreds of files.

    Example: I recently put 3 empty folders in the trash, emptied it, and it said it was deleting 669 files and took like 10 minutes.

    Is this normal? What's going on?

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    The folders may not have been empty, but may have contained hidden files. It doesn't sound unusual.
  3. mac888 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 18, 2014

    This happens every time I delete anything though. To test it, I just put a saved, blank word document in there and emptied trash. There was only one file and somehow it said 3 things were deleted. Hidden files?
  4. Mr. McMac Suspended

    Mr. McMac

    Dec 21, 2009
    Far away from liberals
    To the OP, thanks for posting your question. The same exact thing happens to me when I do a secure delete. I was always curious as to why this happens..
  5. chabig macrumors 601

    Sep 6, 2002
  6. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    If I remember correctly the secure empty function does a 7 pass erase so each item would be multiplied by 7 and zero's out so it could be a that the finder erase windows is doing that calculation.

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