44k in trash won't delete locks computer

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Isozaki, May 26, 2011.

  1. Isozaki macrumors newbie

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    44,000 items are in my trash and its locking the computer up to the point i am getting really pissed off.

    I have a 2011 macbook pro with 10.6.7 osx. I have had to hard start the computer 3 times today and I know this is bad for my hard drives. I have no idea how 44,000 items got into trash I have not been deleteing that much in just 3 hours or so. How can i delete the files and then limit the trash can to 100mb. I am god D*** there should be a limit to the damn trash can to start with.
     
  2. Hans Brix macrumors 6502

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    Are you using "Secure Empty Trash"? If you are, try disabling it to see if the deletion process is quicker.
     

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  3. Isozaki thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No I am not.
    sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*

    That does not work either. It asks for a password and it says

    Last login: Thu May 26 20:23:41 on ttys000
    name-removed-MacBook-Pro:~ Iphyy$ sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*
    Password:
    Sorry, try again.
    Password:

    I don't have a password set i never did. I think whats going to have to happen is I am going to have to copy everything to another 2tb hard drive and format this one. Its going to be the only way I think. I am going to try to just empty it right before I go to bed and see if 9 hours is enough time to let it do its thing but this really blows and I am really pissed at this point.
     
  4. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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  5. Isozaki thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. tcador macrumors regular

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    Have you tried deleting chunks of files instead of all at once or does it fail even on a small subset of files?
     
  7. Mal macrumors 603

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    Mac OS X v10.5, 10.6: sudo command requires a non-blank admin password

    Basically, that command didn't work because you don't have a password. Set one, run that command, then remove the password if you wish. Simple as that.

    jW
     

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