why is trash so slow?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ikos, Jun 24, 2009.

  1. ikos macrumors regular

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    when I empty trash it takes a very long time to finish. for example I had one istat zip file and an older version of skype to empty and it said there were 160 items to delete, and it took about 10 minutes.:confused:
     
  2. Cboss macrumors 6502

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    Do you have the system set to securely empty the trash? This can make it take MUCH longer than normal. To check, go to Finder>Preferences>Advanced and uncheck where it says "Empty Trash securely" if it is checked.
     
  3. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    As well, bear in mind that most applications are in fact bundles of hundreds or thousands of other files, so each file must be deleted individually—hence the wait when deleting applications.
     
  4. ikos thread starter macrumors regular

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    yes I have it set to securely empty, what is the difference between normal and securely?
     
  5. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Normal returns the allocation space to the table and marks the file entry place in the table as unused. Secure goes one more step in and wipes the file data out.
     
  6. Objectivist-C macrumors 6502

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    ...by overwriting it seven times, by default (IIRC).
     
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    In my experience, it's always told me when something I was deleting contained thousands of files.
     

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