Can't delete .avi file please help!

KahnMan

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Original poster
Dec 3, 2009
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Hi -
There is an avi file I found on my computer of an ex gf of mine.
Now that I have a NEW gf, it would definitely not be a good idea to keep it on the computer.
Problem is, I can't seem to delete it. I'm not super tech savvy, but I was able to delete quite a few other files with no issue, this is the only one that remains.
I tried to hold option down while I emptied the trash, as I'd found that online. No go.

Help?
Thanks.
 

MrCheeto

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Nov 2, 2008
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Walk us through it.

Where was the file located?
What have you done so far to the file? As in dragging it to the trash, attempting to press "Empty Trash" etc.
Are there any other Applications running?
 

KahnMan

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 3, 2009
3
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Walk us through it.

Where was the file located?
What have you done so far to the file? As in dragging it to the trash, attempting to press "Empty Trash" etc.
Are there any other Applications running?
It had been in my downloads file, as it had been sent to me online.
I dragged it into the trash, and then attempted to press Empty Trash. everything besides that one file deleted.

I don't believe there are any other applications running, with the exception of Safari.
I"d tried shutting off my computer and restarting and THEN deleting (so nothing else would be running), but that didn't work either.

Thanks for your help.
 

MrCheeto

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Nov 2, 2008
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Create a folder on your desktop. Move the file from the trash into the new folder.

Then use this command, it will immediately delete the folder and can't be reversed so be SURE not to make any typing errors and that the new folder only has the avi file in it.

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Move the file to the folder on the desktop.

Open Terminal and type:

rm -rf ~/Desktop/*Insert the name of the folder*

Done
 

KahnMan

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Dec 3, 2009
3
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Create a folder on your desktop. Move the file from the trash into the new folder.

Then use this command, it will immediately delete the folder and can't be reversed so be SURE not to make any typing errors and that the new folder only has the avi file in it.

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Move the file to the folder on the desktop.

Open Terminal and type:

rm -rf ~/Desktop/*Insert the name of the folder*

Done
Worked perfectly!
Thanks!

After the whole Tiger Woods business, I didn't want to get accused of cheating, when it was something I'd simply had on my comp and forgotten about :p

Thanks again.
 

bawatts

macrumors newbie
May 16, 2010
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Secure Empty Trash

Don't know what the problem is but it happent to avi files viewed in VLC.

If you go to any Finder window you will find "Secure Empty Trash" under the "Finder" menu. it may take a while to work but the file will be gone.
 
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