Can't move files to trash! help!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mgs53, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. mgs53 macrumors newbie

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    Whenever I try to move ANY file at all to the trash, I get a message that says "The Finder cannot complete the operation because some data in .... could not be read or written. (Error code -36)." Please help. It isn't any specific file or anything, its ANYTHING I try to move to the trash. I don't know what to do!
     
  2. forcefieldkid macrumors 6502

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  3. mulo macrumors 68020

    mulo

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    if it doesn't work after reboot i'd like to know what those dots are hiding :)
     
  4. mgs53 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes ive tried restarting and its been doing this for more than a week now
     
  5. ToastyX macrumors regular

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    Open Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal and enter this: ls -al ~/.Trash

    Paste the output here.
     
  6. Lloyd Christmas macrumors regular

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    Ive been having the same problem with trying to delete a movie that i have on my hard drive. Could you explain a little bit more of what to do when you open up terminal and paste the output here. thanks in advance Lloyd
     
  7. ToastyX macrumors regular

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    Just type in the command and press enter, then copy and paste the output as a reply. The command will list the contents of the .Trash folder. I just want to make sure it exists and has the proper permissions.

    Also, do you have an external drive connected?
     

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