Can't Empty Trash

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by christofferbaek, Aug 1, 2008.

  1. christofferbaek macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2008
    Hey Everybody,

    I just bought my Mac yesterday, and after i transfered all my files there where some old files from my external HD i wanted to delete. So i put them in the trash. But now, I can't empty my trash because 2 of the folders evidently were locked. It says I should press the "Alt" key while i choose empty trash, however this doesn't work. Is there another way I can delete them, or just remove them from the trash, so I can erase all the other files?
  2. macbookairman macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2008
    United States
    you can remove an item from the trash by clicking it and dragging it back to the desktop screen
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Did you try this?

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  4. Apple Ink macrumors 68000

    Apple Ink

    Mar 7, 2008
    Select the items individually and press command+I or right click and 'get info'. Just after the item description, you'll find a 'Locked" checkbox... deselect it! You may have to provide your admin password!
  5. MarkMS macrumors 6502a

    Aug 30, 2006
    Have you tried clicking "Finder" in the menu bar and then click "Secure Empty Trash"? Just make sure you really want to delete the file(s)/folder(s).

    UPDATE: Oops, got beat by ggjstudios. :)
  6. christofferbaek thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2008

    Hey Everyone,

    I tried secure empty trash, and it seems to be working.
    Thanks for your help everyone:)

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