HomeInterestsMac OS XHow to Securely Empty the Trash in MacOS X Zach (249)Dec 7, 20201 minuteShareFacebookRedditTwitterPinterestEmailText messageDiscuss FavoriteYou'll Need1Note: this guide will not work for current versions of macOS. Please see our new guide on how to securely empty trash in macOS for an updated version. How to Securely Empty Trash in MacOSMake sure you do this second step when emptying your trash in macOS. This guide explains how to securely empty your Mac's trash can. This function overwrites the old data on your hard drive with a bunch of 0s, making it harder to recover. What You'll NeedInterestsMac OS X×1 Howchoo is reader-supported. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn a small affiliate commission at no cost to you.