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    Is There Something Wrong with Ex-WD My Passport
    I'm trying to delete some files off of my external hard drive and while I threw some in the trash bin. I'm trying to secure empty trash and so far the file count is almost 400,000. I deleted some old backups and some other items. I'm doing this because I have a 500Gb HD but I only have 159 gb left. I don't really have much on the drive. Am I deleting these files properly
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    Mate have a read of THIS, as you might get a better explanation than i can gabble out lol

    But as it is you are doing it ok and it will take quite a while to do if yo use Secure Empty. The article explains why

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    thanks tattooed, it's worrying me because it was well over 500K before I stopped it...i just need to find a way to empty the trash from my harddrive
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    Why dont you boot up from your HD then Empty trash ??

    OH unless you used TM
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    I did use TM but I did a HD erase using disk utility and i'm just putting all of my music and movies back on it. I'll do another backup as soon as this is done
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    "Secure" empty trash is COMPLETELY unnecessary for this and adds HOURS to the process. Just empty the trash in the normal way. Life's short.

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    tried that too...just formatted it...
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