Trash won't delete

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by AcesHigh87, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2009
    New Brunswick, Canada
    Before anyone says it I'm aware that there are like a million of these topics on the forum. I've used the search but haven't found one that has worked yet.

    I'm running a macbook white (early 2008, 4.1 model) on OS X Lion 10.7.3 and my trash will not empty.

    I plan to put an SSD into my macbook in the summer so I was trying to decide on size. Originally I wanted a 120GB drive as it's only 40GB smaller then my current HDD but budget looks like a 64 might be better. Unfortunately as it stands my macbook has 100GB full which means cloning to a 64GB SSD wouldn't work. Because of this I've been going through my drive to see what can be cleaned out; in order to see if I can get it down to 64GB.

    This story is getting long though, to the main problem. I have a bunch of stuff in my trash now that won't go anywhere. When I hit empty the emptying dialogue comes up but all it does is load and read "preparing to delete files" without even calculating the amount. It does the same thing when I secure empty (hold command and right click on trash) and force empty (hold option while clicking empty). Restarting the computer resulting in a number of files showing up (2000 and some) but none being deleted. The process bar just doesn't move.

    The only way I can even get the dialogue box to disappear is by relaunching finder. I've waited 5+ minutes without the progress bar ever moving in both instances. It's not long but it's more then it should take.

    I haven't been able to find a topic that offers an answer that isn't above so I'm interested in trying just about anything.
  2. thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jan 11, 2009
    New Brunswick, Canada

    Looks like I got rid of everything except one folder which was near the top and must have been holding everything back. The folder is called:
    and must have been grabbed when I put firefox into appCleaner. I got rid of every other folder which is good but I want to know how to get rid of this one too. It's not locked and I have permission to read and write on it. Ideas?
  3. macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2009
    Use the and rm command.

    something like
    rm -ir Firefox (then hit tab to auto-complete the rest)

    You may need to CD (change directory) to get to where you need to be to find this folder
    PWD (present working directory) will show you where you are now
    LS (list) will show you all the folders / files in the current directory

    Probably a
    cd ~/.Trashes
    should take you to your trash. Can't remember if trashes is upper or lower case.

  4. macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
  5. macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008

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