Deleting trash is REALLY slow

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by McPaul, Jan 12, 2007.

  1. McPaul macrumors member

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    #1
    Trash has emptied 7 items in the last 20 minutes, and has 692 items to go.

    now, I know what you're thinking: "this guy sure has a lot of crap on his system" ... but I don't. I just did a complete erase and reinstall 2 weekends ago, and have not gone through nearly that many items. I'll leave it overnight but this just seems to be taking forever.
     
  2. MacNut macrumors Core

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    #2
    When did you last reboot and how fast is the system.
     
  3. bearbo macrumors 68000

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    i had that happened to be before... i forgot why, try cancel (and it won't cancel completely) then you'll have to restart, then when you get back, it will be all normal (i think :S)
     
  4. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    run disk utility

    probably some sort of header/tree problem.

    easy fix.

    might have to restart from a CD to repair the hd
     
  5. saikyan macrumors newbie

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    Are you just emptying the trash or performing a "Secure Empty Trash" by mistake? That option behaves more like what you're describing.
     
  6. eegore macrumors newbie

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    I know this is a reply to a relatively old thread, but I was having the same issue, and came across a somewhat obscure way to be emptying the trash securely by mistake.

    In the finder preferences, advanced tab, there is a checkbox 'Empty Trash securely'.

    If you have this checked, then no matter how you empty your trash, it will be secure (and massively slow as a result). If you only want to securely empty it occasionally, uncheck this, and then use the Finder menu 'secure empty trash' option.
     
  7. blinkie macrumors regular

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    eegore I love the idea that you're sifting through ancient, unanswered, questions. Righting the wrongs. Keep up the good work!
     
  8. beowulf571 macrumors newbie

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    Fix worked; unchecked the finder pref checkbox!

    I've been suffering from the slows since having bought this new imac two months ago. That simple fix works. I now don't have to wait overnight for my trash to be emptied! :)
     
  9. silvercorn macrumors newbie

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    Bingo!

    This issue was doing my head in and your tip did the trick! Big thanks!
     
  10. radiowatch macrumors newbie

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    slow trash

    Where do you find System preferences Advanced tab on MackBook Pro 17", brand new systems
     
  11. Tumbleweed666 macrumors 68000

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    Finder.
    Preferences.
    Advanced.
     

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