A guide about how to use Better Trash

Better Trash is designed to delete files and empty Trash better and safer on your Mac. It has free features in current version: Force Empty Trash, Secure Delete and Auto Empty Trash. First download Better Trash application on your Mac. The following are detailed gudie on how to use these functions.

Download Better Trash from AppStore

Part 1: Force Empty Trash

Lean more about Trash

We may often use Trash, but how much do you know about trash? It looks like an ordinary folder to store deleted files on your Mac. When you move delete the files to Trash, the file path of the file will be changed to ./Trash/filename. If you have two more volumes or Disks on your Mac comouter, there are two kind of file path in Trash: /Users/[UserName]/.Trash/ and /Volumes/[Volume Name]/.Trashes/. Because of the macOS file system design, each volume has its own trash file. Everytime we empty the Trash, it will empty the current user Trash and other volume Trash.

So we empty the Trash with "Empty Trash", we offten receive a warnning or error about some items can't be deleted because of some reasons. These items may be in use, or it's locked by other applications, or the current user has no permissions to delete it or other reason. To solve this issue, we design the Force Empty Trash.

1. Just run Better Trash, then access the menu bar and click "Force Empty Trash".

fore empty trash

2. It will pop-up the tip window, click "Empty" to contine.

fore empty trash

Part 2: Secure Delete

When we delete a file from disk, the file system just makes a deleted flag, and the orignal data is still store on the disk until it's overridden by other new data. To avoid recovery of deleted files, we need to overwrite the original data before deleting it. We use the US DOD 7 pass standard to overwrite, it will be more safer than DOD 3 pass standard, more faster than DOD 35 pass standard.

You can select any file or folder to secure delete them, whether they'are in trash or somewhere else.

1. Run Better Trash, then access the menu bar and click "Secure Delete".

Secure Delete Mac

2. Then choose the file or folder, and click "open" button to contine.

Secure Delete Mac

3. It will pop-up the tip window, click "Erase" to secure delete.

Secure Delete Mac

Or you can drage the file or folder to Better Trash application icon on the dock to secure delete.

Part 3: Auto Empty Trash

In macOS Sierra 10.12 and later, you can choose "Remove items from the Trash after 30 days". But Auto Empty Trash can customize this auto-empty Trash feature better, it support more different time frequency and the capacity of the auto Trash. You can select Daily, Every week, Two weeks, Monthly, Two month to auto-empty. Or you can set the storage limit(500MB, 1GB, 5GB, 10GB and more...) for the Trash.

1. Run Better Trash, then access the menu bar and click "Auto Empty Trash"

Auto Empty Trash Mac

2. It will display the setting window.

Auto Empty Trash Mac

If you need to auto-trash using the time frequency, just select AutoTrash Time frequency check button, then select Daily, Every week, Two weeks, Monthly, Two month. It will work in the next time interval you set, and it will show a tip about if you need to empty the trash before deleting the trash item.

If you need to auto-trash using the storage limit , just select AutoTrash When the storage of Trash is more than frequency check button, then drag the slider to set the maximum capacity of the Trash. It will work when the Trash exceeds the storage you set, and it will show a tip about if you need to empty the trash before deleting the trash item.

 

 

 

Remove the system privilege file or folder

Becuase the sandbox feature of AppStore, our product can't get the system privilege. But some items in Trash is the system privilege level, such as Time machine backups. Because the backup content contains multiple user data and their folder, Such as guest user, normal user, root and more.

So you need remove the Time machine backups by yourself in terminal. Here are detail steps.

Auto Empty Trash Mac

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