Cannot empty the trash?

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  1. drobone macrumors newbie

    drobone

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    I have found numerous files in my trash with unusual names like "þøúmo|/ý.exã" and "ð³ë¾Ž\ø^.tæ" that I cannot delete. Can someone tell me about them and what should I do?:confused:
     
  2. musty345 macrumors regular

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    Try resetting permissions in the disk utility
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    How does one RESET permissions in Disk Utility?
     
  4. drobone thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks I am trying each but either it is very slow or it is not working
     
  5. musty345 macrumors regular

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    Sorry I meant restore permissions :)
     
  6. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Or perhaps, REPAIR permissions... :apple:
     
  7. chown33 macrumors 604

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    This, in conjunction with the mystery garbled filenames, suggests the possibility of a hard drive going bad.

    Before repairing permissions, emptying the trash, or anything else, I recommend a Verify Disk in Disk Utility.

    Only proceed with the other actions if it finds no errors. If it finds any errors, consider getting a new disk and doing a complete backup ASAP. If the disk is really going bad, I've never known it to get better by itself, only worse.
     
  8. kpgh554 macrumors regular

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    if you running snow leopard or lower. i'd try iempty as remove most annoying apps that won't go away. should find it on macupdate.com
     
  9. simsaladimbamba

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    What exactly do you mean, since there is no "iempty" on MacUpdate or even found via Google?
     
  10. jackc macrumors 65816

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    Usually if I use Secure Empty Trash, it will work on files that wouldn't delete otherwise
     
  11. plinden macrumors 68040

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  13. Ffej macrumors newbie

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    Empty Trash

    Most Trash problems are due to system, or file corruption.
    Do these in order.
    FIRST BACKUP ALL YOUR IMPORTANT FILES(optical disks plus time machiene plus ftp sites, email them to yourself, or use an online backup program).
    Don't take chances with your data.
    The second thing to do is to put the offending file, or files in the trash and restart holding the <RETURN> key,"safe mode".
    Then use the disk utility to repair permissions.
    Then run disk utilty from the startup disk and repair the disk.
    Get a utility like disk warrior and rebuild the directory of the startup disk.
    Trash and other problems are symptoms of impending failures.
    Using special utilities to empty the trash does not fix the problem.
    If all else fails do a clean install of your system and restore your files and programs.
     

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