How to Securely Empty the Trash in MacOS X

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Note: 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.

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.

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To securely empty the trash

Hold down CMD-SHIFT and right-click the trash can icon. You will now see the Securely Empty Trash option appear.

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