4/19/10
3:41 pm

Forum Question: Permanently deleting Mac Mail “emails”

I am handing down my computer to a co-worker and I have “pay grade” sensitive files and emails I need to remove, and save to a new computer before I hand over the old computer. I also want to make sure files(emails) are permanently deleted as the co-worker is in the IT department and has resources to do what IT guys do. What options do I have?

— Randolph

Comments: 5 Responses to “Permanently deleting Mac Mail “emails””

    4/19/10 @ 3:42 pm

    I would wipe the drive. Zero it out using disk utility from a Snow Leopard boot disk. And then re-install Snow Leopard. It’s the only way to be sure.

      Randolpd
      4/19/10 @ 3:50 pm

      I don’t want to wipe the drive just need to make sure that the deleted emails and files are “really” deleted. I know enough about recovery software that so called deleted files may not be deleted at all just not visible.

        4/19/10 @ 4:11 pm

        OK. Then try running disk utility, selecting the drive, and using the “Erase Free Space” option. But first make sure your emails are deleted from mail — and the trash emptied. That should do it.

          Randolpd
          4/19/10 @ 4:39 pm

          Thanks Gary. Ill give it a whirl.

          Randolpd
          4/22/10 @ 12:42 pm

          This worked great! Thanks again

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