Empty Trash Problem

Discussion in 'iMac' started by normanway, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. normanway macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2010
    Hi I was trying to empty my trash which in total was 213 items, I clicked empty and a box came up to say do I want to delete the non secure items also... Or something like that. I accidently clicked yes. Then it proceeded to count how many files it was going to delete and reached like 160,000 items and counting. So I cancelled the empty trash as I thought this isn't right surely. Any ideas on what is wrong there??

  2. normanway thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2010
    I've tried it Again and it still keeps counting alot of files. :(
  3. sweetbrat macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Redford, MI
    Do you have 213 individual items in your trash, or are some of them folders? If you're throwing away folders with stuff in them, then the count that you see in the actual trash folder will be much lower than the total files it counts to be deleted.

    Not sure about the non secure items thing. I've never had that come up before.
  4. Hirakata macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2011
    Burbank, CA
    You're going to have to go through the items in your trash to see which folder contains all of those files. You may have accidentally placed something in the trash you don't want to delete.
  5. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    If one of the was a program, thats normal, when I removed MS OFFICE et all I had 700,000+ files
  6. normanway thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 19, 2010
    Hi, ive just realised in my trash there was quite a few folders, and also a backup folder which i was deleting off my ex HD, so that explains it. I also had the message there are Locked items which you are deleting... etc... and not non secure items as i previously said. Thanks for your replies it seems to be emptying the trash ok now.


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