Uh oh? Secure empty trash.. but 6,700 files? Did I delete everything!?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Sunstar22, Jun 18, 2008.

  1. Sunstar22 macrumors newbie

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    Hey
    I am really really new to mac just got it a few days ago, and my friend used a hard drive to transfer my pictures and itunes onto my new computer, I had put the new photos into a good file but there was still another folder with all the same photos on my desktop so I put it in the trash and it was stuck with a little lock on it and when i tried and emptied the trash it said I needed to change my options, so i thought I had changed the options and I clicked secure empty trash and it started deleting 6,700 files... I think I screwed up the comptuter already... AHH please help!!:(
     
  2. gusious macrumors 65816

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    If you have the photos,music and everything else,what do you care if you have trashed a duplicate folder?

    If you have one copy of your things,then you don't need to worry!
     
  3. eRondeau macrumors 6502a

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    A little friendly advice: On a Mac, YOU don't put things into files -- you let the SOFTWARE put things into files for you. My old iBook has been working flawlessly for five years because I trust the software; I NEVER go monkeying around in the file system. Especially where irreplaceable photos and music is concerned.

    To import pictures into iPhoto, just drag-and-drop them into the main window. iPhoto will do the rest. To import music into iTunes, just drag-and-drop them into the main window, iTunes will do the rest. Same with iMovie too.

    I know trusting a computer is hard to do when you've been screwed by PC's all your life, but Trust Your Mac and it won't let you down. :apple:
     
  4. gusious macrumors 65816

    gusious

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    That's right eRondeau!!You are totally right!!As you can see from my signature i don't really "play" when Unix is involved....Too dangerous.....!!

    Oh and Sunstar22,even when you trust a program,always backup...!You never know what's going to happen...!
     
  5. jive turkey macrumors 6502

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    To answer your question, if your pictures and music are still found in the finder, you are probably ok. A few weeks after I first bought my Mac I went the "secure empty trash" route...and it said it was deleting over 200,000 files!!!!! I about freaked, but since I was new to this whole thing I figured worse case scenario was I could reinstall the OS since I only had a few weeks of customization on it everything was backed up with Time Machine. I let all 200k files be securely emptied and have never noticed anything wrong.
     
  6. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    There is a good chance you might have deleted Recovered Files.

    As always, backup.
     

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