Items stuck in trash

Discussion in 'macOS' started by monty77, Apr 13, 2006.

  1. monty77 macrumors 6502

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    #1
    Seems as though I have a couple of items in my trash that wont empty ... any idea how to get rid?

    Cheers,
    Adam
     
  2. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    It you're up to using unix you can use the rm command... Otherwise try restarting and emptying the trash again.
     
  3. kretzy macrumors 604

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    Make sure that any apps that the files have been used in have been quit out of. It will usually allow you to empty them then.
     
  4. calebjohnston macrumors 68000

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    I find restarting and then deleting them works a lot of the time too.
     
  5. monty77 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Tried restarting, still stuck in there...keep forgetting about terminal - will give it a shot..

    Thanks!
    Adam
     
  6. electronboy macrumors 6502

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    OPTION+Empty Trash

    Hold down the Option key then select Empty Trash. That removes 95% of stubborn items.
     
  7. quigleybc macrumors 68030

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    #7

    Good tip.

    Although I've always been able to empty stuborn items after a restart.

    But your tip will extend my uptime....!

    thanks
     
  8. hob macrumors 68020

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    My "empty trash" feature has been removed!!
    [​IMG]

    Clicking on the trash, and selecting "empty trash" does nothing (when there's something in it) and all I can do is secure empty trash! I have restarted but nothing!

    Any ideas?
     
  9. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

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    If you log into another account, does the option reappear...? And have you tried the rest usual mumbo jumbo™ (apart from restarting): Repairing permissions, (re)moved the finder preference file (~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist), etc?
     
  10. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    What the...? :eek:
     
  11. Foxglove9 macrumors 65816

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    Try previous tips already mentioned here. If it still is not working. Go into your trash bin and drag whatever files that are still in there out onto the desktop. What are the names of the files?

    I had this problem the other day when I trashed some application. And I couldn't delete 2 files, I went through everything mentioned here, then I noticed the files were locked and you can't delete locked files. So I dragged them out, unlocked them, then trashed them and it worked.
     
  12. Chillax macrumors newbie

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    did you try doing the kb shortcut?

    when you try to delete them by pressing the trash can on the dock and then saying empty trash or whatever, hold the option key down and see what it does.
     
  13. hob macrumors 68020

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    i've tried every suggestion i can find, including using Terminal to remove the trash folder, then logging out and in again to remake it.

    Nothing works!

    Looks like i'll be doing an OS reinstall when my iMac arrives!
     
  14. FFTT macrumors 68030

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    Go to Versiontracker and download Tiger Cache Cleaner.

    It's a free demo and it works great.
     
  15. hob macrumors 68020

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    Cheers for the suggestion. Forcing the trash to empty through TCC works a treat!
     

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