Secure Empty Trash and Delete Files in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

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Secure Empty Trash and Delete Files in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

How to securely delete files in your Mac OS X Snow leopard? (Optimize Snow Leopard now!) Don’t pay for third party software, newer Mac comes bundled with the new ‘Secure Empty Trash’ feature.

  • Step 1 – Open ‘Finder’
  • Step 2 – Go to the ‘menu’, click ‘Finder’ and select ‘Preferences’
  • Step 3 – Select the ‘Advanced’ tab
  • Step 4 – Check the ‘Empty Trash securely’ checkbox

Secure Empty Trash and Delete Files in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

There is a reason why this unique feature is not enabled by default, some of the reasons are – it takes a longer time to delete these unwanted files because it needs to overwrite the existing sector, not to mention this method might shorten the hard disk lifespan. Not recommended for average user, unless you have lots of ‘top secret’ data in your hard disk.

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Video Tutorial on Securely Empty Trash on an Apple Mac

11 comments on “Secure Empty Trash and Delete Files in Mac OS X Snow Leopard

  1. Ron Williams
    Ron Williams March 14, 2011 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    This brief help item does not say whether “Secure Delete Trash” can be used only on some of the files in Trash and not automatically on everything. It will be too late to find out after everything has been securely deleted.

    • Harrison Weber
      Harrison Weber April 10, 2013 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      Secure Empty Trash can take a while if you’re deleting large files

  2. Gina Trapani
    Gina Trapani April 7, 2013 at 12:21 am - Reply

    Sometimes the Trash on your Mac won’t empty – even when you tell it to.

  3. Aseem Kishore
    Aseem Kishore April 7, 2013 at 12:21 am - Reply

    I’ve ran across a few people who have upgraded their Macs to Lion and are having trouble emptying the trash!

    • Whitson Gordon
      Whitson Gordon April 10, 2013 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      Trash not deleting files problem

    • Queen
      Queen April 10, 2013 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      Does “Secure Empty Trash” securely delete the hidden version files

    • Emil Protalinski
      Emil Protalinski April 10, 2013 at 4:19 pm - Reply

      You can enable secure empty trash as the default from the Finder preferences

  4. Christopher Breen
    Christopher Breen April 7, 2013 at 12:21 am - Reply

    You say attempts to empty your Mac’s trash fail with an arcane error?

    • Bradley Mitchell
      Bradley Mitchell April 10, 2013 at 4:17 pm - Reply

      How to Recover Deleted Files on Mac Os X with Stellar Phoenix

  5. Microsoft
    Microsoft April 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    anyone tried recovering files deleted via the secure empty trash feature? can i use undelete 3rd party software?

  6. India
    India April 10, 2013 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Recovering Deleted Files From Secure Empty Trash?

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