Applications folder wont delete in empty trash

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  1. creativedogmedia macrumors 65816

    creativedogmedia

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    I ran a CCC backup and realized that I wanted to redo it (cloning my iMac drive to an external drive). I deleted everything to start over and then went to my trash to empty it. The only thing that wont delete from the trash is a folder called Applications. I have held option and emptied but System Integrity Protection wont let it go. It's not the folder sitting on my iMac drive - it's a copy of it (and nothing is actually in it) in my trash.

    How do I get rid of it?
     
  2. KALLT macrumors 601

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    The location is irrelevant, if it has the restricted flag, then you must disable SIP.
     
  3. chscag macrumors 68000

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    I'm not sure why you just didn't redo the CCC backup over the top of the previous one? Anyway, since it's an external drive, just use Disk Utility to erase it and format it HFS+ GUID. No need to disable SIP to remove it from the Trash.
     
  4. creativedogmedia thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I dont want to reformat it now that I have my iMac and all of my external drive data on there if i dont have to.
     
  5. chscag macrumors 68000

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    I don't understand. A clone of your iMac to the external hard drive is just that. You can re-clone it anytime with CCC and it will overwrite the previous one. Nothing lost. Re-formatting will get rid of whatever is on the external hard drive. Then all you have to do is make another clone. What's so difficult about that? Are you telling us that the external hard drive is being shared with other than the CCC clone data?
     
  6. creativedogmedia thread starter macrumors 65816

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    How would reformatting gotten it out of my trash? Doesn't it reside on my iMac's HD? I went with the other option and just disabled SIP, emptied the trash and re-enabled SIP.
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    Thanks. Worked great.
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP:

    In the future, all you really need to do is to erase the target drive (using Disk Utility) and just "start from scratch".
    That is, launch CCC and let it do the entire clone "over again".

    Don't bother with trying to delete items "in the finder"...
     
  8. creativedogmedia thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks and noted. So the trash was still tied to the external drive even though it sat on my iMac HD? Not clear on how erasing the target drive would have eliminated the folder in my trash.
     
  9. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    In Mac OS X there is not a single Trash folder. Each user has a Trash folder in their home directory (named ".Trash"). There is also a Trash folder for the startup volume, and Trash folders for other volumes or disks. All Trash folders are hidden from the user in the Finder.

    When you put something in the Trash on an external volume/disk it goes in the invisible Trash folder on the external volume/disk and it will only be seen or accessible from the Finder Trash can icon when the external disk is connected.
     

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