Empty Trash Causes Crash

Discussion in 'macOS' started by kicks66, Apr 11, 2009.

  1. kicks66 macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2009
    Im on OS X, using an external 500gb hard drive. Its partitioned into 3 parts. I use two parts, one of which is formatted in NTFS. I use ParagonNTFS to read/write to that section. I deleted a large number of files from the drive recently, but when I go to empty the trash the computer crashes (showing the semi transparent screen asking to turn off the computer). Ive tried putting the files back, but this just copies them from the trash, does not remove them. Any ideas as to how to delete these files?
  2. LPZ macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2006
    You could try opening Terminal and entering

    rm -rf ~/.Trash/*

    If that doesn't work you could try

    sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*
  3. kicks66 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2009
    No luck :(

    Oh another thing perhaps to be mentioned, the files will only show up when I view trash in any view except Icon View, which is slightly odd.
  4. LPZ macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2006
    Try holding the Option key as you choose Empty Trash from the Finder menu.

    If that doesn't work, enter

    ls -al ~/.Trash

    in Terminal. What output does that produce?
  5. kicks66 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 28, 2009
    The output produced from using that command is:

    total 32
    drwx------  11 Nick  staff    374 13 Apr 21:48 .
    drwxr-xr-x+ 34 Nick  staff   1156 12 Apr 18:06 ..
    -rw-------@  1 Nick  staff  15364 12 Apr 21:40 .DS_Store
    drwxrwxr-x   3 root  admin    102 12 Apr 21:26 CheckUp 2 Install.pkg
    drwxrwxr-x   3 root  admin    102 12 Apr 21:34 CheckUp 2 Install.pkg 21-40-16-885.pkg
    drwxr-xr-x   3 Nick  staff    102 12 Apr 21:24 CheckUp.app
    drwxr-xr-x   3 Nick  staff    102 12 Apr 21:27 CheckUp.app 21-28-47-560.app
    drwxr-xr-x   3 Nick  staff    102 12 Apr 21:29 CheckUp.app 21-33-18-736.app
    drwxr-xr-x   3 Nick  staff    102 12 Apr 21:34 CheckUp.app 21-40-16-793.app
    drwx------   4 Nick  staff    136 12 Apr 21:56 Recovered files
    drwxr-xr-x   3 Nick  staff    102 13 Feb 22:43 Transmission (7886).app
    Any help?
  6. desionalpha macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2010
    same problem

    i am having this exact same problem. i have a slightly larger drive than your situation (700gb) but everything else is the same. hardrive is ntfs, multiple partitions, using paragon in snow leopard and every time i try to empty my trash i am crashing and being prompted to reboot! has anyone found a solution????
  7. lepaux macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2010
    If you want to simply empty the trash, reboot holding the shift key until the load bar appears on the boot screen. Then simply empty the trash, should work.

    The question is, why is this happening?
  8. adam75south macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2010
    same problem here. i'll try the reboot thing and post back if it works.
  9. adam75south macrumors newbie

    Feb 3, 2010
    never found a fix, just ended up moving the files and reformatting to fat.
  10. kilgo macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2011
    Problem Solved

    Hi all,

    I was having the same issue where I deleted a lot of files on my NTFS partition but when I tried to empty the Trash it would crash my computer. I carried out the following fix and it worked a treat, no more problems:

    1. Bootup to your main Windows Partition
    2. Open up the drive that contained the files that you deleted.
    3. Go to Folder options and view hidden folders.
    4. Find folder called .Trash
    5. Change Ownership to your Login using Security Permissions.
    6. Delete folder.
    7. Restart computer to MAC OS and your Trash will be clean.
  11. Ripley58 macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2012
    Trash Crash w/500GB Ext Drive using Paragon NFTS

    Same problem with my Seagate 500GB GoFlex ext drive. Looked all over for solution to this problem but nothing worked. Tried option key, manually with Terminal, etc.
    I finally found solution....someone on another forum mentioned it could be a problem re: Mac not playing well with Paragon software that comes with some of these drives. Thinking it may be an issue on the Windows side, I took the ext drive from my Mac and went to my PC to see if I could delete the offending files that wouldn't erase on my Mac and crashed on me when I tried to get rid of them in Trash.
    I connected the drive to my PC. It took a minute or so, but then recognized the 500GB drive. The offending file(s) that caused the problems on the Mac (and that I couldn't get rid of in Trash) were gone. I didn't even have to dump them into the Recycle bin on the PC. Double checked on my Mac, and poof! :confused:, they are indeed gone. FYI, I used this drive for a project the last couple weeks where I was moving between Windows and Mac editing computers transferring psd/mov files, so that must have caused the problem I guess. Hope this late post helps someone eventually......;)
  12. johnny42 macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2012
    more help

    My Trash was jammed with hundreds of GB of items I moved to Trash from my HD. They needed to be deleted from my HD once I moved them to my Mac. When I ejected the hard drive at the Finder level and peered inside Trash, it was empty. What I'll do is move the files to a newly created folder on the HD and delete them once connected to a Windows machine. Once the HD is empty, i'll reformat for Mac. For me, this is the simplest solution. ;)
  13. pandaporkchop macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2013
    I had this issue as well

    I found that there were non English characters (Chinese in my case) for some of the files in my Trash. I went into the shell and manually removed these files by doing the following:

    rm ~/.Trash/測*

    Then once the files were removed I was able to empty the trash in the GUI with no problem.

    Hope this helps!


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