What is Secure Empty Trash

Discussion in 'macOS' started by fjs08, Feb 14, 2011.

  1. fjs08 macrumors 65816

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    Friend who has had his Mac for a few weeks said he used Secure Empty Trash and had a thousand files in there.

    I've had my Mac for over 4 years and the light isn't even lit to empty it??
    What exactly is it.

    He said he doesn't have anything "secure" that is being deleted.

    Thanks.

    Frank
     
  2. simsaladimbamba

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    Which "light" hasn't lit yet?

    from http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.4/en/mh475.html
    via "secure empty trash"

    In short, Secure Empty Trash overwrites the files in Trash, therefore they are not recoverable.
     
  3. fjs08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    >>Which "light" hasn't lit yet?<,

    Secure Empty Trash light. It's grey'ed out.

    Frank
     
  4. simsaladimbamba

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    Do you mean the one glowing blue in the following screenshot?
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    Have you enabled "Empty Trash securely" in Finder > Preferences >> Advanced?
    Have you tried the Action menu (glowing red)?
     
  5. brijazz macrumors 6502

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    "Secure empty trash" doesn't refer to the items that are being deleted; it refers to the manner in which they're being emptied from the trash. When you do a normal emptying of the trash, it's possible that the deleted items could be recovered by a file-recovery utility later on. When you "securely" empty the trash, any such recovery becomes impossible.
     
  6. fjs08 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    >>Have you enabled "Empty Trash securely" in Finder > Preferences >> Advanced?<<

    Never did. didn't know it even existed.

    >>oesn't refer to the items that are being deleted; it refers to the manner in which they're being emptied<<

    Ahhh, one of the reasons I asked is that my Mac runs pretty slow.
    I was thinking there might be tons of files somewhere that need to be deleted.
    Thanks

    Frank
     
  7. mstrze macrumors 68000

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    Hmmm...Empty Trash Securely has always been an option for me on my iMac. I didn't even know you needed to turn it on...or that you could turn it off. I mean, why even turn it off? I have the option in both right-clicking the trash, or in the pulldown menu of either emptying trash or securely emptying trash. i usually do it 'non-securely' but there have been some financial files that I have securely deleted.
     

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