Can't Delete Trash- Items Locked

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gmecca2, Jun 22, 2008.

  1. gmecca2 macrumors regular

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    I need some help getting the items I have on my computer permanently deleted from the trash. When I go to delete them I get the following message below and I can't delete anything. Please help. What do I need to do?

    Message Received:
    This operation can not be completed because the item is locked
    wmphelp.htm
    wmpicon.gif
    windowshade.gif
    whatsnew.htm
    volume.gif
    viewinginfo.htm
    upgradingwmp.htm
    understandingwm.htm
    understandingstream.htm
    understandingstats.htm
    understandinglicense.htm
    understandingbuffering.htm
    understandingcontentprompt.htm
    toviewstat.htm
    toviewinformation.htm
    tousekeyboardshortcuts.htm
    toturntitlesonoroff.htm
    AND THE LIST JUST GOES ON.......

    HEEEELLLLPPP Me. I HATE WINDOWS ANYTHING.
     
  2. Samarium macrumors 6502a

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  3. eRondeau macrumors 6502a

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    #3
    Maybe they literally are "locked". Select a file in the Trash, File -> Get Info, then check right in the middle of the panel to see if "Locked" is checked. If it is, uncheck it and then delete it. Repeat. :apple:
     
  4. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    You can securely delete. Go to the thrash and on the menu bar, go to Finder--> Secure Empty Thrash.

    Much better than having to unlock and delete one by one. :p (yes I am talking to you eRondeau :))
     
  5. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    reboot and then try deleting... worked 99% of the time :)
     
  6. gmecca2 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Okay- so this partially worked. It deleted everything except the windows media player application in the trash. When I do a secure delete it says the file cannot be completed because the item "htm" is in use.

    Restarting my computer does not solve this problem.

    I do not like downloading random programs because of this reason, so I have yet to try Samarium's app.

    Any other recommendations/solutions.

    Thanks Watabou
     
  7. jellomizer macrumors 6502

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    Well Make sure all your apps are closed, including your webbrowsers the only thing that should be open if finder. Give that a try. If that doesn't work, you may need to go to utilities->activity viewer and see if you can find the file named like the one you want to delete kill the process and try again.
     
  8. gmecca2 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Tried it. Same problem.
     
  9. NAG macrumors 68030

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    You can try quitting the offending application using the Activity Monitor in your Utilities folder.
     
  10. acourtman macrumors newbie

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    I transferred mp3 files from a friends computer, when emptying the trash i am told i do not have sufficient priveleges to perform the operation (they are not locked). The offending folders view as 0kb and when opened mp3s are visible for a matter of seconds before disappearing. Help! (thanks):confused:
     
  11. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    Try clicking on Finder in the menu bar and then hold the Option key while you click Empty Trash.
     
  12. Salmar macrumors regular

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  13. Santabean2000 macrumors 68000

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    You are the man; done and deleted!. Cheers
     

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