Cannot empty the trash off of my external harddrive!!!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by macuser1221, Oct 5, 2008.

  1. macuser1221 macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2008
    i have a few external harddrives, and since i updated leopard a few months ago, i have not been able to empty the trash off of the harddrives. i've tried to control empty... still nothing. when i eject each drive, the trash is empty. this is eating up space on my harddrives! any ideas? thank you!!!
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    Have you tried removing the files/folders via Terminal or even waiting out a secure erase?

    Are the files locked? Are you the owner of these files? Are they on a HFS+ or FAT32 partition?
  3. macuser1221 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 5, 2008
    hmmm yes they are all my files, and unlocked. secure erase... every time i try it says its deleting way more files than are in my trash. ill wait it out. thanks for the help.
  4. mengreco macrumors newbie

    Dec 1, 2007
    what happened eventually? i have the same problem, when trying to delete there are about 750.000 files to be deleted and taking ages. i ve tried onyx and secure but nothing! any other ideas?

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