Cant empty trash !

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Maldini, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. Maldini macrumors regular

    Maldini

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    #1
    Hi all

    I've searched this forum for a solution but i couldn't find any...

    now if i try to empty the trash i get the "are you sure" window when i click yes i hear the trash sound but nothing happens, i've read one post here that i should try to empty the files one by one but that didnt work either, after an intense searching in this forum, i found another post suggesting the app "trash it", well it worked ! but i want to do this without the help of an application if you know what i mean...

    BTW if i empty an item from my external HD it works without a problem...but the files from my Mac HD are still there..:(

    I have a new mac and i'm not familiar with leopard.

    Thanks
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

    GoCubsGo

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    #2
    Did you try to hold down the option key while you click to empty the trash?
     
  3. Maldini thread starter macrumors regular

    Maldini

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    #3
    Yes I did.
    Also i tried "secure empty trash" from the finder but it didnt work either.

    and when i checked the get info>permissions i am the admin and i can read and write on the files that i want to delete !
     
  4. alphaod macrumors Core

    alphaod

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    #5
    Create a folder on your Desktop call 'Remove'

    Move everything in your trash into that folder.

    Open Terminal and type this:

    rm -rf ~/Desktop/Remove/

    Press return.
    Now those files should be gone.
     
  5. olliea95 macrumors regular

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    #6
    No idea if this will work, but perhaps zapping PRAM? Just need to hold down cmd + option + p + r after you hear startup chime.

    Just a thought, but I wouldn't guess it would work...
     
  6. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    try relaunching Finder by option right clicking on its Dock icon.
     
  7. Maldini thread starter macrumors regular

    Maldini

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    #8
    I've tried all of your suggestions some of them work, i can also delete using "Trash it" application, i just wanted to know why i cant just delete it normally, is there something i should change in my Admin account? or is it a time machine issue?

    I didnt think this would be a problem in such an excellent and nearly flawless OS :confused:

    Thanks All for your help...
     

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