Can't Delete Files

Discussion in 'macOS' started by PYR0M310N, Apr 7, 2008.

  1. PYR0M310N macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    My trash is showing that it has stuff to delete with the crumpled paper being in the trash bin symbol.

    So i have a look in my trash and there appears to be nothing there, so i just delete stuff. Symbol Remains. So i try a secure empty trash. Still there.

    On closer inspection after showing hidden folders i find that there is an increasing amount of files mounting up in my trashes on my Seagate External HDD. It's taking up a sizable amount of space and everything that i delete is added to this .trashes folder which isn't being deleted.

    Each person with a profile on my mac has it's own seperate sub folder inside this .trashes, which is unable to be deleted.

    I have permissions to delete these files and none of the files are locked.

    I'm running OSX.4.11 and have tried deleting using an iBook and a G5

    Unfortuantley reformatting the drive really isn't an option for me as i don't have anywhere near enough space to transfer the data on it to.

  2. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    .trashes IS the Trash i.e. the Trash can is actually an invisible folder in your home folder and for external drives its .Trash on the root of the drive.

    try relaunching the Finder by option right clicking on its icon in the Dock.
  3. PYR0M310N thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    I know, thats how i found that they were still in there.

    I've restartted the finder and the whole computer, to no avail
  4. PYR0M310N thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Aug 29, 2006
    I've just managed to come up with a solution to the problem.

    I connected the Drive to the G5 and then connected over Personal File Sharing and deleted the files through that. This way it doesn't move them to any trash folders as such, instead it just instantly deletes the files.

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