Deleting -186,000 items and counting?

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  1. ELMI0001 macrumors 6502

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    In the process of deleting many old files on an external hard drive I came back to my machine 20 minutes later to find this dialog box.

    Is this normal? I'm guessing the # of items shown is an estimate then? But boy was Lion off in this case.

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    Everything deleted, as I expected. It just seemed like odd behavior to me.
     
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    A couple of things can explain this behavior. If you do a Secure Empty Trash, it actually "deletes" each file multiple times, and the counting system doesn't fully understand the way it does it, so you see that behavior. Also, if you were deleting Time Machine backups, it doesn't recognize the hard linking system properly, and the same behavior appears. As you saw, it does eventually finish, you just don't get any sort of reliable timeframe estimate (not that they are ever particularly accurate anyways).

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    I did delete my Time Machine backups from 2010 in addition to other stuff. That explains it.
     
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    Ya Think??
     
  8. ELMI0001 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Excuse me?
     
  9. GermanyChris macrumors 601

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    you're excused.
     
  10. ELMI0001, Feb 13, 2012
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    I'm serious ... why the condescending tone?

    I had a legit question and someone helpful responded. If you aren't impressed with my level of knowledge regarding deleting Time Machine backups why bother to post? Don't build your post/day around my question.
     
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    In secure much?
     
  12. ELMI0001 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I was just making and point and you've demonstrated it wonderfully!
     
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    I'm glad your point was made. Now we can all have a happy rest of the day :D
     
  14. ELMI0001 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes we can!
     
  15. misscosmic, Mar 26, 2014
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    Easyand quick to empty trash via the Terminal

    Open Terminal paste:

    sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*

    you asked for admin password
    and it is done
    !
     

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