Can't delete items in "lost+found" folder!

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  1. nstrimble macrumors newbie

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    #1
    I couldn't find any resolve from anyone on this topic in older forums, but I have the folder generated and backed up on my iMac and my backup drive, a DROBO. I managed to get rid of the lost+found items on the iMac, but the DROBO says "The operation can’t be completed because the item “dir_1558208” is in use." as well as the rest of the contents. Its on an archive drive and NOT being used!

    Any ideas? I know what the l+f is, but don't need anything from it. It takes up about 100GB and really want to lose it!
     
  2. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Have you rebooted? Is your Drobo rebuilding?

    If you want to see what may be using the folder try, in Terminal:

    Code:
    lsof | egrep (or grep) nameofitem
     
  3. nstrimble thread starter macrumors newbie

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    rebooted

    Oh yes. The drive has been rebooted and new drives updated within the past week. This folder has been here awhile, but won't go away. Even attached to my other computer, it does the same thing, just won't go.
     
  4. nstrimble thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I keep getting a bad syntax error pasting that code in.
     
  5. calderone macrumors 68040

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    The parenthetical can be removed, you can use either grep or egrep. Change nameofitem to the name of the item in question, in this case the folder.

    Code:
    lsof | egrep dir_1558208
     
  6. nstrimble thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Arrgghh! It just gives me another line, no response

    lsof | egrep (or grep) dir_1528562

    Can booting up on a operation disk possibly help me trash this?
     
  7. calderone macrumors 68040

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    Remove the parenthetical (or grep) it was just a note that you could use grep instead of egrep.

    Follow the command in the followup post.
     

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