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10.3: Use Secure Empty Trash to reclaim hard disk space
Authored by: simX on Dec 15, '03 06:21:08PM

Your explanation doesn't account for the fact that more hard drive space is being freed after the secure empty trash. The fact that emptying the trash regularly just marks files for reuse doesn't account for the fact that the empty space on the hard drive is increasing after the secure empty trash by an amount LARGER than the size of the files in the trash.

Whether you're securely emptying the trash or emptying it regularly, the operating system still marks all that space as free, so the operating system should free the same amount of space, regardless of whether you use the secure or the regular mechanism. So your explanation just doesn't make sense.

A more likely explanation is that the secure empty trash deletes unused cache files and/or swap files in the system, as one other poster suggested.

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