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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:33 pm    Post subject: why does trash take forever to empty? Reply with quote

I went to empty a large old iTunes file of 42000 songs after making 2 backups of it. I dragged it to trash and clicked empty. It mentioned something new called secure trash empty. I figured must be a snow leopard upgrade. well 24 hours later it has moved from 42000 items to delete to 24 000 item to delete at this rate 36 more hours! Is thisgoing to be the new trash empty time or am I missing a nice easy way to do a none secure empty of the trash! Like pre snow was. TIA
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 4:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Secure empty trash takes a lot longer than a normal empty as its over writing the files with junk data multiple times prior to removing them. It’s a way of making the files much more unlikely to be recovered later should someone decide to have a look at your old HDD etc.

With 42000 large files to overwrite multiple times its definitely going to take a while


BTW secure empty trash isn't a new thing it was in previous versions of Mac OS X as well.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks I must of asked for it with my preferences or snow leopard did it with an upgrade. This was meant to be asked under mac osx not desktops my apologies.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you can specify to use secure empty, but I leave it with normal empty and only use Secure Empty from the finder menu if I'm deleting a file I think needs it


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just had a look and the setting is in finder preferences


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PostPosted: Tue Oct 20, 2009 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cypher much thanks.
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