Deleting a protected file

Discussion in 'macOS' started by iKwak, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. iKwak macrumors member

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    #1
    I have a folder that contains .rtf files.
    When I put the folder to trash and try deleting it,

    "The operation cannot be completed because the item "File Name" is locked."



    How can you empty the trash? Thank you in advance.
    OS: Panther 10.3.9
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    #2
    Well if it's locked, then unlock it... :)

    Or hold the shift and option key down while emptying... as suggested in the article... ;)
     
  3. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    #3
    Or you can try and use "Secure Erase" to empty the trash.
     
  4. belvdr macrumors 601

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    #4
    Secure Erase only adds the additional feature of erasing a file so it cannot be retrieved again, not the ability to delete locked files. Of course, you can always do a Secure Erase with shift down.
     
  5. yellow Moderator emeritus

    yellow

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    #5
    Yep, you're right, I thought 'secure deletion' would override a locked file, but it complains that the file 'is in use'.
     

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