Can't delete .avi file please help!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by KahnMan, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. KahnMan macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2009
    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.

  2. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    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?
  3. KahnMan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2009
    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.
  4. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    get "TRASH it" free, pay if you keep it, problem gone:eek:
  5. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    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.

    Move the file to the folder on the desktop.

    Open Terminal and type:

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

  6. KahnMan thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 3, 2009
    Worked perfectly!

    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.
  7. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
  8. bawatts macrumors newbie

    May 16, 2010
    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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