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erasing documents - sudo rm -R

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Apr 8, 2013 2:32 AM

I was told that if I paste this code into the Terminal window and drag my trash in there followed by my password, the trash will be permanently deleted and unrecoverable. Is this true please and does it apply to music files, photo files, 'office' files and any other file? I have an i-mac with version 10.7.5

Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • ssls6 Level 4 Level 4 (2,415 points)
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    Apr 8, 2013 3:43 AM (in response to appellant)

    No that is not true.  It just means remove all files including those that don't belong to you recursively.  What you need is a secure erase.  Put the files you want securely erased into the trash, select the trash can, go to finder, select secure empty trash


    good luck

  • Ralph Landry1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,815 points)
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    Apr 8, 2013 4:06 AM (in response to appellant)

    If you are going to give your iMac to someone else, unless you transfer the licenses for any software you added you need to startup holding the Command and R keys, then do an erase and reinstall of Mac OS X 10.7.5.  That will erase all content of the hard drive and then reinstall Lion.  The machine will be as from the factory then.


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