stuff in the trash I can't delete

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by breakfastcrew, Dec 6, 2006.

  1. breakfastcrew macrumors 6502

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    I deleted palm desktop from my macbook but it left behind 3 files that I can't delete whenever I try to do it it said it is in used. I try reinstalling it and using the build in uninstall option but still no luck any clue??? is there a way I can boot into a safe mode like they have in windows and delete it before it boots up?
     
  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Try "Secure Empty Trash" from the Finder menu. If it doesn't work, try rebooting, then secure empty again.
     
  3. breakfastcrew thread starter macrumors 6502

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  4. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

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    Sometime files are locked, if so use your get info under the file tab then unlock that sucker and trash it.
     
  5. savanahrose macrumors 6502a

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  6. breakfastcrew thread starter macrumors 6502

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    only the secure empty trash thingie worked. Restarting did not unlocking it did not.
     
  7. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    It is, because you can lock your own files too, so you can't accidently delete them (say you have two locked files in a folder of 500 files, and you forgot about them, trying to empty the trash will alert you to this).

    It's not Apple's fault Palm decided to lock files associated with it's stupid app.
     
  8. savanahrose macrumors 6502a

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    I did notice that the other night when I was deleting a file.

    Though windows will prompt you before you delete. Yet another WINDOW!

    Man, I love my mac.
     
  9. savanahrose macrumors 6502a

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    thank you for this question. Believe it or not I needed it just now and I read it earlier. thanks OP and macrumors.
     
  10. ducksrfr macrumors member

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    instead of unlocking every individual file, use Force Empty Trash
     
  11. topgun072003 macrumors 6502

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    I"ve wondered how to do this before...I just keep trying until something works. I.E unlocking etc. That secure emptry trash is something I did not know about and will really help me out too.:)
     
  12. teleromeo macrumors 65816

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    I once solved a similar problem with the trash widget.
     

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