Empty Trash vs Secure Empty Trash

  • Posted: 12 July 2013 05:05 PM

    In show 454, Dave & John talked about when one should use empty trash vs. secure empty trash as it relates to the type of drive one has.  I’m using a late 2012 iMac with a Fusion Drive.  It wasn’t clear to me in the show which method of emptying the trash I should use.  Does anyone have any information on this.  Thanks!

    [ Edited: 12 July 2013 05:19 PM by T.O. ]      
  • Posted: 29 May 2014 04:40 PM #1

    Do not use a security wipe on ssd, often. Shorten the ssd life time.

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    Posted: 23 June 2014 09:28 AM #2

    Yeah, with a Fusion drive I would just use Empty Trash (and stay away from the secure stuff). As @MrJackson65 said, with an SSD in the mix, any non-essential writes will become detrimental to the longevity of the SSD.

    Plus, there’s no guarantee that secure writes to an SSD will actually overwrite the contents you thought you were overwriting.


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  • Posted: 23 June 2014 01:39 PM #3

    I would add…

    If you are looking for security try whole disk encryption. It would be a great alternative and would effectively deliver the same goal.

    System Preferences>Security and Privacy>FileVault
    Just be aware of the caveats.

    Search for this “file vault site:support.apple.com” on duckduckgo and the first three hits will bring you pages about Filevault.

    Kind regards