"trashes"


#1

I was doing a virus scan on my passport element 500 today and noticed that it went through a bunch of files called “trashes”. I was thinking that it probably was looking at files that I deleted from the drive?? 

  1. Is that true? How do I know what the files are? They don’t come up if I select it under “my computer”.

  2. How do I get rid of them if, indeed they are purposefully trashed/recycled items since they don’t come up…

Just want to clear off the dust.

Thanks


#2

HI there, most antivirus programs can see files that we can’t because they are just hidden. The best way to clean a drive is to write zeroes to it.


#3

Thanks, but can you translate “write zeros to it” from computerese to English?


#4

Sure :slight_smile:

If you have the old Passport Essential then this tool (DLG) will give you the option to write zeros to the drive, it will fully clean it and won’t even have a format after it is completed (So you’ll need to manually format it again to use the drive).

If you have one of the newer Passport Essential then you’ll need a more powerful software to clean it like HD Tune or MiniTool Partition Wizard or Acronis to name some examples.


#5

Hm. I bought it last summer. Old or new? What’s the difference between doing what you are describing or erasing it through disc utility (on my mac)?


#6

It would do the same, I only gave those suggestions because I thought you only had a PC :) 


#7

Thank you thank you. I have both. (Obviously.) The drive was a great help when i was traveling with my netbook and brought photographs home to the mac. It’ll probably live its life out as a second back up for my mac or to hold my lightroom catalog. Haven’t decided yet.