Can't empty trash

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  1. mikethebook macrumors member

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    I'm running Snow Leopard and an unknown file has landed in trash and refuses to be emptied. Nor can I move it out of trash. What is it and how can I remove it please? Please see the attached file. When I check the info on it it gives me /Volumes/BOOTCAMP/.Trashes/501
     

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  2. Manic Harmonic macrumors 6502

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    Do a chdsk in windows, or if you're using a 3rd party driver for like ntfs-3g or paragon NTFS, do a disk repair on the bootcamp partition. I've had this issue a few times and that always fixed it for me.
     
  3. mikethebook thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for the tip. When I do check disk there are two boxes, system errors and fixing bad sectors. Which boxes do I tick?
     
  4. Bertrude macrumors member

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    Have you tried doing a Secure Empty Trash? I've found that it sometimes successfully trashes things which won't empty normally.
     
  5. mikethebook thread starter macrumors member

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  6. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    You might use Onyx, or "Maintenance" (both from Titanium Software, I would recommend Maintenance over Onyx, for safety).

    Both can empty the trash, whatever is in it.
     
  7. mikethebook thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks. Not thought of that. I do a regular Onyx cleanup so maybe I'll wait until then.
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    Try this:

    1. SHUT DOWN the computer (power all the way off)
    2. Restart the computer
    3. Try to empty the trash now.

    Any better?
     
  9. mikethebook thread starter macrumors member

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    No that didn't work but thanks for the idea. I'll be using Onyx shortly so I'll see if that works.
     
  10. mikethebook thread starter macrumors member

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    Onyx didn't work but using the chdsk in Windows did the trick. Thanks everybody.
     

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