Can't move files to trash! help!

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

  1. mgs53 macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2010
    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

    Jan 20, 2010
  3. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    if it doesn't work after reboot i'd like to know what those dots are hiding :)
  4. mgs53 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2010
    Yes ive tried restarting and its been doing this for more than a week now
  5. ToastyX macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2005
    Open Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal and enter this: ls -al ~/.Trash

    Paste the output here.
  6. Lloyd Christmas macrumors regular

    May 12, 2009
    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

    Oct 4, 2005
    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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