Trash taking way too long to delete

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sevenseven7us, Feb 17, 2009.

  1. sevenseven7us macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2008
    Something happened to trash! It used to just say "empty" as the empty button. It now reads "empty securly" and takes way too long to empty plus it slows my laptop down. WTF? Im using a 17' macbook pro. Thx in advance for the help guys.

  2. Raid macrumors 68020


    Feb 18, 2003
    Are you holding down the option key by chance?

    Secure deletion does a 7(?) pass operation of writing and erasing junk data over the sectors you wanted to delete so it can take a long time to process large files in that manner.

    I don't know if you can change the default settings for the trash... do you use MacPilot or some other system hack app?
  3. sevenseven7us thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2008
    No im not holding down anything. I just click the button. Im not really too computer savy so I dont have any extra programs or apps like that. I usually use the laptop for DJ use and downloading music. Thx
  4. yellow Moderator emeritus


    Oct 21, 2003
    Portland, OR
    Did you turn on FileVault?
    Did you turn on "Empty Trash securely" in the Finder preferences?
  5. sevenseven7us thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2008
    Haha! I feel dumb. I figured it out! I just went into the finder where it says empty trash. It also says empty securely. my bad. Thx bro!

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