Can't Delete Files in Trash!!!!

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    MattyMac

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    I was cleaning up my jumpdrive and accidently put a locked safegaurd file in the trash so when I went to empty the trash it emptied everything but that. Then I went in and moved a copy of the safegaurd file from the trash to the desktop then to the jumpdrive. Now the file is safely back on my jumpdrive, but I have useless files in my trash that I can't delete. How do I do it??

    Anyone know what I can do? Thanks in advance.
     
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    yellow

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    Are they "locked"? Hold down Option and select Empty Trash from the Finder pull-down menu.
     
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    MattyMac

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    Yes, they are "locked" this is why it won't let me delete them.

    Any suggestions?
     
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    MattyMac

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    Thanks...read the thread and found a solution!
     
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    Killyp

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    Apple should have an 'Incinerate Trash' option under the finder menu. This would make it really easy to do things like this, which seems to be a quite common problem...
     
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    I just wish there was a way to permanently remove individual items from the trash instead of the entire trash bin at once. I know I can move everything out of the trash except what I want permanently removed, then move the rest back into the trash, but that way sucks.

    Is there any other way?
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    I downloaded iShred express, a freeware program from Big Fat Stinking Software. You just open the program, and drag the file you want to shred onto its dock icon. You click yes, and Bam! the file is gone. It is un-recoverable. The program can even delete files that are in use (I don't know how, but it does).
     
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    Killyp

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    There is, for me it's a monday... :p


    I see it like this, would you go through your rubbish at the end of every day and sort out what needs to be incinerated and what doesn't? No, just shred what needs to be shredded when you go to remove it...
     
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    someguy

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    Smartass. :p

    I'll probably download that iShred thing, but I need to be careful because I find myself taking items back out of the trash quite often.
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    I took mp3 files from a friends computer, when i try to delete them it says they are locked. At first they appear as folders but when opened mp3 files appear then quickly disappear. Am very concerned about viruses have tried most of the tricks previously listed. Any ideas (thanks):confused:
     
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    xgman

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    Leopard Cache Cleaner is very good about clearing locked trash files. Mac Pilot has a separate feature to unlock files in any directory.
     
  13. macrumors newbie

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    I just did that and it solved the problem. It was like, the FIRST solution on the thread, and people keep asking how to solve the problem...
     
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    GGJstudios

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    Thanks for resurrecting a 5 year old thread. Perhaps people keep asking because that issue may not be their particular problem. That's only one possibility.

    You can't empty the Trash or move a file to the Trash
    Solving Trash Problems
     
  15. macrumors newbie

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    Thank you!

    Works like a charm!
     
  16. sikwe Gh, Aug 3, 2012
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    step 1. Open terminal. It’s in your Applications. You can quickly bring it up
    through Spotlight search on the top right of the menu bar.

    step 2.
    In the terminal type :

    sudo rm -rf

    followed by a space.

    step 3. Open trash, and drag over your file or file(s) onto the Terminal
    window.

    step 4.
    Hit Enter on your keyboard, and you will be prompted for your
    account password. Input your password.
    Hit the Enter key again, and you’re done!
    Check the trash to see the file is gone. :D

    NB Careful, cos it deletes items PERMANENTLY
     

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