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

Updated: June 14, 2016 / Home » Tutorials

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

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

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

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    Ron Williams [ 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.

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      Harrison Weber [ Reply ]

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

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    Gina Trapani [ Reply ]

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

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    Aseem Kishore [ Reply ]

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

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      Whitson Gordon [ Reply ]

      Trash not deleting files problem

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

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      Emil Protalinski [ Reply ]

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

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    Christopher Breen [ Reply ]

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

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      Bradley Mitchell [ Reply ]

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

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    Microsoft [ Reply ]

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

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    Recovering Deleted Files From Secure Empty Trash?

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