Apple has leaped in rankings with its devices as the most secured OS company, and Mac is one of them. Mac is the PC version launched by Apple and runs on Mac OS. Mac has very tight security but, in recent times, hackers are able to hack down the Mac and retrieve the personal data, which imposes a doubt over the security strength of Apple. This will surely strike a fear over the users as their sensitive data are not fully secured.
This will make them remove the files from their Macs to other devices as a safeguard from the invasion of somebody else. The hackers are able to do such stuff since the files removed from a storage media like Mac hard drives can be retrieved by using data recovery technology. This technology’s main purpose is to recover files which are deleted accidentally from the device, but this feature is used for wrongful purposes.
Mac, on the other hand, uses both HDD ( Hard disk drive) storage and SSD (Solid-state drives) or flash storage. Recently, Apple Mac uses flash storage (SSD) or Fusion Drives, rather than implying on the orthodox spinning hard disk drives (HDD), since fewer efforts are needed to completely remove files if Mac is using SSD and the files which are removed permanently from the system cannot be recovered even using data recover technology, whereas, its little time consuming to delete files in Mac with HDD and most importantly, even the files are removed from trash bin, it will still be possible to retrieve data by the data recover technology as long as the files are not fully overwritten.
How To Permanently Delete File in Mac
- On An SSD-Based Mac:
It is a very simple and less time-consuming method. The user just has to drag the files to Trash, or, right-click and select Move to Trash option. Open the Trash application and select “Delete Permanently” or “Empty Trash” to remove the files from the system into a Trash bin.
- To permanently delete the unwanted files or folders, follow these steps:-
- Download CleanMyMac 3 and install the app on your Mac. After installation, open the app.
- Click on the “Shredder” option on the bottom left of the screen page and select the files or folders to remove from the Trash bin.
This will remove the files forever from your PC.
- On An HDD-Based Mac:
The user has to remove the unwanted files for an Apple Mac with HDD, using similar steps as used for SSD based Macs. But, after that, the user needs to use a third-party file shredder app. CleanMyMac 3, as used for SSD based Macs, is one example. The users are also suggested to use the application Stellar Wipe Mac, which is also used to erase both individual files and folders, and even the entire Mac drive. The Stellar Wipe Mac has an excellent user interface and it gives step by step instructions to its user, which makes it pretty straightforward and comfortable to use. Thus, I won’t go into further details on the Stellar Wipe Mac application.
Removing data from a Mac permanently, seems to be a pretty easy thing to do, though its difficult enough to remove the data files if the user is not aware of the type of hard drive being used in a Mac. Thus, this article clears out the dilemma over an HDD and SSD device and the methods to permanently remove the files from the system, so that no one can ever get a peep over the files.