Can't delete .avi file?

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  1. PatrickPong macrumors newbie

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    I'm having trouble deleting an .avi file from my system. When I try and empty recycle bin this file always remains and says that the file can't be deleted because it's still in use. I've tried closing down all my media players with no success. Has the file got a virus? What would anyone recommend??
     
  2. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    If you're referring to OS X, it's Trash, not Recycle Bin. Try holding down the Option key when emptying the Trash.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Option-Right click the Finder icon and relaunch it, then try to Empty Trash.
     
  4. PatrickPong thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sorry Trash. Tried the option key whilst deleting. No success.
     
  5. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Okay, try logging out and then back in and then try emptying the Trash. If that doesn't work try shutting down, starting up and then try emptying the Trash.
     
  6. PatrickPong thread starter macrumors newbie

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    and option-right clicked finder icon, still says operation can't be completed because file is still in use.
     
  7. PatrickPong thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks dewguy1999 success!! thanks very much, i shut down whole system and started again.
     
  8. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040

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    Glad to hear that worked.
     
  9. rdowns macrumors Penryn

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    Next time that happens, open Terminal.app and use this command to empty trash

    rm -rf ~/.Trash/*
     
  10. Ray W macrumors newbie

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  11. cluelessbird26 macrumors newbie

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    I tried both ways and nothing is working i've checked the whole laptop it isn't in use but still won't delete
     
  12. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Did you try restarting, then empty the trash?
     
  13. cluelessbird26 macrumors newbie

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    I did try that still the same result
     
  14. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    something that has worked for me in the past...
    drag that file out of the trash to your desktop.
    change the name of the file in any way that you like, just so the name is different.
    make a new folder, then drag the file into that folder.
    Drag that new folder to the trash.
    Now empty the trash.
     
  15. BLUEDOG314 macrumors member

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    try that again with sudo on the front, there is no reason it wouldn't work.

    If somehow it still does not work boot to single user then do:
    /sbin/mount -uw /
    rm -rf /Users/youruser/.Trash/*
    shutdown -r now
     
  16. sim667 macrumors 65816

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    right click on the file, and then check the permissions?
     

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