Can't get rid of invisible alias in trash

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by flalaw, Apr 19, 2008.

  1. flalaw macrumors regular

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    For some reason my full trash icon always shows, even when it has been emptied. When I view the trash contents by icon, it is empty. But when I view by name, I see an alias. I've attached the screenshot. If I try dragging the alias out of the trash and onto the desktop, it disappears and my trash icon shows empty. After a while though it always reappears. It does the whole diappear/reappear thing when I try to get info on it. Anyone have any idea about this?
     

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  2. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor

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    Have you tried to Secure Empty Trash through the Finder menu?
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Do you have Boot Camp installed, or Photoshop?
     
  4. dalvin200 macrumors 68040

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    have you rebooted and then tried to empty trash?

    that usually solves it...
     
  5. flalaw thread starter macrumors regular

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    Secure empty trash or a reboot doesn't fix the problem. I do have photoshop and bootcamp though.

    That icon behaves really strangely. If i drag it around it disappears...until I add something to the trash. Then it's back.
     
  6. merl1n macrumors 65816

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    Use the terminal application and type the following command exactly:

    sudo rm -rf .Trash/*

    It will ask for your administrator password. Type it in and hit a return.

    This should empty your Trash.
     
  7. maxrobertson macrumors 6502a

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    It looks like it might be a damaged file. Try repairing your disk. To do that, restart and hold down command + S. Type /sbin/fsck -fy and press enter. It won't do anything for a long time, but when its' done it will tell you. After that just, type reboot and press enter.
     
  8. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Also, is the Recycle Bin in Windows empty? What version of Photoshop do you have?
     
  9. NAG macrumors 68030

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    Repair your bootcamp partition if you have one. Yeah, it's weird but it does cause this issue.
     
  10. natarasa macrumors newbie

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    I have the exact same problem. I have bootcamp partition but no photoshop.
    Secure empty or repairing the bootcamp partition don't seem to fix it? Any other suggestions?

    Thanks!
     
  11. therealmrbob macrumors regular

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    repair the bootcamp partition, yep yep.

    I had the same problem.
     
  12. ViperrepiV macrumors regular

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    guys, i have this same problem....I can't repair my bootcamp partition because it is NTFS, and it doesn't give me the option to repair. It seems, however, to be associated with my external HD....any ideas?
     
  13. ViperrepiV macrumors regular

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    FYI, i ran chkdsk in windows on the external and it fixed the issue.
     

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