Trash in OSX?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by cfs, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. cfs macrumors 6502a

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    I now have had my 1st mac for 4 months and have come upon a new obstacle-trash.

    1. I would like to delete only a few items and not my whole bin. Is this possible? Can't figure this out.

    2. Also, what is the difference between empty trash and secure empty trash? I read what the pop up said but I don't get it.

    3. Memory Sticks/crads are another issue for me. Whenever I put my pictures on my imac via camera/usb, iphoto asks if I want to erase my pics off the camera. I click yes and then look at the contents of my memory card and I see nothing, yet it is still not empty?

    I'm sure there is a logical solution but I have not found any literature in this. If anyone has any advice or a link that I can go to that would be great.

    -cfs
     
  2. ChrisN macrumors 65816

    ChrisN

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    1. I would like to delete only a few items and not my whole bin. Is this possible? Can't figure this out.
    Why don't you make a folder named trash and than put the things you want to actually throw out in the actual trash bin.

    2. Also, what is the difference between empty trash and secure empty trash? I read what the pop up said but I don't get it.
    I'm pretty sure secure does more passes and makes it harder or impossible to recover.

    ChrisN
     
  3. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    No, it is not. If you empty the Trash, then the Trash is empty. MacOS X does not partially delete. If there are files that you want to keep, then don't put them in the Trash. Put them is a logical place where they will not be accidentally deleted.

    You question is not clear. If you are asking if iPhoto really deletes pictures if you allow it to delete them following a download, then the answer is "Yes." iPhoto will really delete your pictures if that is your selection.
     
  4. patrickmacrumor macrumors regular

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    There is a way, but it involves using the use of the Terminal.

    1. Open a Terminal window
    2. Type: cd .Trash
    3. To list the content in the Trash: ls
    4. To remove file name todelete.doc: rm todelete.doc

    As always, be careful with the commands. As suggested by MisterMe, if the files are actually files that you intend to keep, place them in a different folder: it's so easy to empty the Trash without thinking.

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    Patrick
     

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