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Old 12-07-2012, 11:05 AM   #1
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Recently I transferred photos from a deceased iBook to my MacBook. In the process dozens of photos that I deleted years ago appeared. They must have been hiding in a sub-folder even though I used iPhotos empty trash.
How can I completely delete the photos from the hard drive like using Secure Empty Trash does?
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Old 12-07-2012, 03:09 PM   #2
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Why do you hate having naked pics of ex-girlfriends re-appear on your new computer?

Serious answer, iPhoto is merely a "place holder" for your photos, the same as iTunes is for your song files. I believe the actual picture files are held in a folder somewhere inside the system folder.

Perhaps you somehow still had pictures on your old computer in your downloads or somewhere else on the drive? In that case, iPhoto simply found everything with a .jpg .jpeg or whatever picture extension available on the drive and "imported" them in.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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IIRC, you can right-click on a photo and choose "show in finder" to see where it's really, truly stashed. Trash these, empty trash, and they're really gone for realz. This may or may not be accurate, but I think it still does the trick.

I still have horrible memories of the grotty homemade porn I found in a used Macbook I bought from an acquaintance a while back...

I nuked the hard drive and reinstalled OSX. It was the only way to be sure.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:42 PM   #4
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Right clicking with my mouse didn't produce anything but after clicking on the photo in iPhoto I went to the iPhoto toolbar, and then over to File, and then down to Reveal in Finder, and then over to Original File. That opened another window with the photo to be deleted and any other photos in the album. I could drag that image down to the trashcan so I can use Secure Empty Trash. Then, return to the iPhoto window and the original image, highlight it, and choose the trash can.
I'd be willing to bet a power user could point out a method using about two key strokes that would accomplish the above. Kind of a PITA using my method.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:50 PM   #5
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I nuked the hard drive and reinstalled OSX. It was the only way to be sure.
When I *really* want to be sure something is gone, I buy a new hard drive and reinstall everything to that.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:54 PM   #6
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When I *really* want to be sure something is gone, I buy a new hard drive and reinstall everything to that.
Easier said than done on machines like my iBook. That compact engineering comes at a price.
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