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empty file in the bin taking too long...please help


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it is just happen recently. It is taking for age to secured empty a file from the bin. Can any one help me with this?...is that something to do with the setting or my macbook pro has some error and how can i fix this problem?...appreciate any comment...thanks in advance
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is it a large file?
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Nothing needs to be fixed .... Secure Empty Trash takes a long time, depending on the number of files in the trash and the size of the files.

A fundamental question would be ..... Do you need " Secure Empty Trash " or can you just use " Empty Trash ".

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the file is about 4 GB...what is the deferent between secure Empty Trash and Empty Trash?
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Secure empty trash overwrites the data which makes it harder/impossible to recover with any tools.

For most of the stuff we all delete... old unimportant docs, apps we don't want, movie to get rid of, etc.; secure delete is overkill imho. For financial records and other sensitive data, then maybe a good idea.

You can turn this off by opening Finder - Preferences - Advanced - uncheck Empty trash securely.

You can still use the Secure empty trash in individual circumstances direct from the Finder menu.

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