Can't delete or move boot.efi from trash

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by lmcarlos, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Hello:

    I deleted some time machine back ups and now I have 7 files that will not delete or let me move. It will let me copy but not move back to desktop to unlock the file. If I try to unlock while in trash it is grayed out.

    I have tried several times the command key while emptying trash to no result
    I have tried emptying trash from finder no avail
    I have tried secure emptying trash from finder no avail
    I have tried with drive genius secure erase no avail
    I have tried i shred and ishred express only works on power pc
    I have tried trash it no avail
    I have tried lock unmatic no avail
    I have tried chflags -R nouchg option in terminal no avail permission denied

    I just want to get them out of my trash bin. Can anyone please help, I am about pulling out my hair.
     
  2. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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  3. macrumors newbie

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    #3

    HOLD DOWN THE OPTION Key When you click EMPTY From within the TRASH
     
  4. macrumors newbie

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    Got it, finally an empty trash!

    Hey, had the exact same problem.

    First, to "move" the .efi files out of the trash, I enabled the viewing of hidden files by going to Terminal and typing:

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder

    Then when I could see the .Trash folder, I opened up its info and renamed it. Once it wasn't considered "part of the trash" I could then manipulate it. I logged into the root account, and emptied my trash holding option+shift.

    Hope it works for you!
     
  5. macrumors regular

    jwhitnah

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    #5
    Wtf

    There has to be an easier way. Moreover, how do you PREVENT this problem with back up? Holding down OPTION does not work.
     
  6. macrumors newbie

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    time machine fiels and trash

    you have to access the trash via the finder menu - then empty while holding down option key.

    I have done it many times and it works no issue.

    LION
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    #7
    This works perfectly



    Thank you for this post.
     
  8. macrumors newbie

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    boot.efi file will not delete

    i have read all the posts and sad to say the option/empty trash does not work, it makes the reassuring emptying trash sound but the backup folder is still there.
    Like others mine is a time machine backup that won't go away someone must have an answer.
    Any help appreciated.
     
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    plokoonpma

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    #9
    :)

    Thanks!, holding option worked for me.
    Was driving me crazy :eek:
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    :):):):):) Worked for me as well.
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    Can I delete the xxxxxx.lock file?

    If I delete what will happen? I can see it only if I connect my hd to a pc as an external. Apple wants to charges to unlock which is rediculous. Any help would be much appreciated.
     

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