Can't delete or move boot.efi from trash

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by lmcarlos, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. lmcarlos macrumors newbie

    Nov 9, 2009

    I deleted some time machine back ups and now I have 7 files that will not delete or let me move. It will let me copy but not move back to desktop to unlock the file. If I try to unlock while in trash it is grayed out.

    I have tried several times the command key while emptying trash to no result
    I have tried emptying trash from finder no avail
    I have tried secure emptying trash from finder no avail
    I have tried with drive genius secure erase no avail
    I have tried i shred and ishred express only works on power pc
    I have tried trash it no avail
    I have tried lock unmatic no avail
    I have tried chflags -R nouchg option in terminal no avail permission denied

    I just want to get them out of my trash bin. Can anyone please help, I am about pulling out my hair.
  2. iSpencer macrumors newbie

    Nov 20, 2008

    HOLD DOWN THE OPTION Key When you click EMPTY From within the TRASH
  3. chrispatrickuy macrumors newbie

    Jan 22, 2012
    Got it, finally an empty trash!

    Hey, had the exact same problem.

    First, to "move" the .efi files out of the trash, I enabled the viewing of hidden files by going to Terminal and typing:

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder

    Then when I could see the .Trash folder, I opened up its info and renamed it. Once it wasn't considered "part of the trash" I could then manipulate it. I logged into the root account, and emptied my trash holding option+shift.

    Hope it works for you!
  4. jwhitnah macrumors regular


    Aug 20, 2003

    There has to be an easier way. Moreover, how do you PREVENT this problem with back up? Holding down OPTION does not work.
  5. Bobstanley macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2012
    time machine fiels and trash

    you have to access the trash via the finder menu - then empty while holding down option key.

    I have done it many times and it works no issue.

  6. Chas2010 macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2009
    This works perfectly

    Thank you for this post.
  7. midorosan macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2007
    boot.efi file will not delete

    i have read all the posts and sad to say the option/empty trash does not work, it makes the reassuring emptying trash sound but the backup folder is still there.
    Like others mine is a time machine backup that won't go away someone must have an answer.
    Any help appreciated.
  8. plokoonpma macrumors member


    Mar 14, 2006
    Panama, Central America

    Thanks!, holding option worked for me.
    Was driving me crazy :eek:
  9. Gozita macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2011
    Miami, Fl
    :):):):):) Worked for me as well.
  10. Mac069 macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2013
    Can I delete the xxxxxx.lock file?

    If I delete what will happen? I can see it only if I connect my hd to a pc as an external. Apple wants to charges to unlock which is rediculous. Any help would be much appreciated.

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