Can't empty trash

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  1. AJ-in-AZ macrumors newbie

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    I have these recovered files in my trash that will not empty out... Any thoughts as to how to get rid of them?

    Thanks.
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Click on Trash Can.
    Click on Finder.
    Click Secure Empty Trash.

    See if that works.
     
  3. boast macrumors 65816

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  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    1. Press and hold the mouse button on the Trash icon in the Dock. The context menu for Trash will display.

    2. Press and hold the Option key.

    3. Select Empty Trash from the context menu for Trash.

    4. Release the Option key.
     
  5. rfrankl macrumors 6502

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    Have you rebooted then tried to empty the trash?
     
  6. AJ-in-AZ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tried that - they stay there...

    Didn't work either - but thanks...
     
  7. celticpride678

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    Have you tried a Repair Permissions? Disk Repair in Disk Utility?
     
  8. AJ-in-AZ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just tried that - no go...

    Repaired permissions - still would not delete...

    Disk verify came out fine - no disk repair needed.
     
  9. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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  10. celticpride678

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    Do you by any chance have a BootCamp or VirtualMachine of Windows?

    Um, that was already posted in this thread. Please read the thread, before posting.
     
  11. tdgrn macrumors 6502

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    I had this happen to me at some point last year. To this day I do not know what caused it. The only way I could get rid of it was by doing a reinstall... Good luck:(
     
  12. AJ-in-AZ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I do...
     
  13. celticpride678

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    Do you have anything in the Trash in Windows? If, yes remove it.

    Then try to look at Mac OS X.

    If not, then I ran out of ideas. Sorry I could not help.
     
  14. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    How about following your own advice BEFORE you post.

    Next time why don't you actually look at the command line I suggested versus the one already suggested.

    Dodo......

    S-
     
  15. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    Please. Neither BootCamp nor a Windows VM would put their trash files in the user's ".Trash" directory.

    S-
     
  16. AJ-in-AZ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Didn't work... thanks.
     
  17. celticpride678

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    What about BootCamp?
     
  18. AJ-in-AZ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just tried that - nope.
     
  19. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    Please execute this command in Terminal and post the results here:

    ls -al ~/.Trash

    S-
     
  20. AJ-in-AZ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It shows an empty directory...
     
  21. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    Okay. Do this command:

    sudo find / -name "Recovered file*" -print

    This should show you were the "Recovered files" directories are so you can manually delete them.

    S-
     
  22. AJ-in-AZ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK - they are located in:

    /Volumes/DOCUMENTS/.Trashes/501/

    How do I manually delete them?
     
  23. celticpride678

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    http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/22318- Run this script.

    Then, navigate to that folder and try to remove the files.
     
  24. sidewinder macrumors 68020

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    Don't waste your time doing that. What are you thinking celticpride678?

    Just navigate to that directory:

    cd /Volumes/DOCUMENTS/.Trashes/501/

    And then type:

    sudo rm -rf *

    If that does not work, issue this command and post the results:

    ls -al

    S-
     
  25. AJ-in-AZ thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here is what happens when I run the sudo rm command:
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    rm: Recovered files/\004␀␀␀õ\001␀␀.\024␀␀: File name too long
    rm: Recovered files: Directory not empty
    rm: Recovered files #1/\004␀␀␀õ\001␀␀.\024␀␀: File name too long
    rm: Recovered files #1: Directory not empty
    
    and ls -al gives me the directory listing with the 2 Recovered files folders...
     

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