Empty trash

Discussion in 'macOS' started by onewaywood, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. onewaywood macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2010
    #1
    Ok,, new here not real computer Literate so be kind (LOL) anyway I have had a problem Lately. I have aprox. 2 gigs in the trash and it takes along time to empty Like 20-24 hours. Whats wrong I have reloaded Snow Leopard and used Drive genius 3 it didn't help.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #2
    Hold the Option key down while you select Empty Trash.
     
  3. Schtumple macrumors 601

    Schtumple

    Joined:
    Jun 13, 2007
    Location:
    benkadams.com
    #3
    If that 2gb is thousands of files, then it does take a long time, maybe not quite 20 hours though, is that really how long it's taking or just an exaggeration?

    I once trashed 65gb over thousands of files that took 2 1/2 hours to delete.

    GGJStudios what does alt do? Is that like force trash or something?
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #4
  5. onewaywood thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2010
  6. phatqao macrumors member

    phatqao

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2010
    Location:
    PA and/or NYC
    #6
    if that doesn't work, i'd try opening the terminal and entering
    Code:
    rm -r ~/.Trash/*
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #7
    Huh? You said you have stuff in the Trash. You want to empty the trash. Press the Option key down while you right-click on the Trash icon on your Dock and select "Empty Trash".
    I wouldn't recommend a solution using Terminal:
     
  8. onewaywood thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2010
    #8
    Ok tried the option key ,, no help its 43,000 files its emptying at 1 file per second is'int that rather slow. or not really ??
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #9
    Smaller files delete faster, larger ones slower.
     
  10. onewaywood thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2010
    #10
    Even when I try that its very slow 1 meg takes almost 2 min.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #11
    It also depends on your hard drive speed. I'd just let it do what it needs to do.
     
  12. onewaywood thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2010
    #12
    So 2 gigs should take 20 hours or more Not be sarcastic.
     
  13. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2003
    Location:
    Solon, OH
    #13
    Did you actually wait 20 hours, or is that what Mac OS X is telling you it'll take? Mac OS X (and other OSes) can only estimate remaining time on long tasks based on what's known, and often they get the initial estimate WAY wrong. If you simply let it do its thing, the estimated time to finish will adjust to something more reasonable after 5 minutes or so have elapsed.
     
  14. onewaywood thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2010
    #14
    Started in the late afternoon and it was still emptying the next morning.
     
  15. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

    wrldwzrd89

    Joined:
    Jun 6, 2003
    Location:
    Solon, OH
    #15
    That's not at all normal. The first thing I'd do is check the disk for errors via Disk Utility - if it finds any, you'll have to boot from the Mac OS X install DVD to fix them.
     
  16. onewaywood thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 4, 2010
    #16
    Ok,, new here not real computer Literate so be kind (LOL) anyway I have had a problem Lately. I have aprox. 2 gigs in the trash and it takes along time to empty Like 20-24 hours. Whats wrong I have reloaded Snow Leopard and used Drive genius 3 it didn't help.
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #17
    By the time you finish posting in this thread, your Trash will be empty.
     
  18. macpro2000 macrumors 6502a

    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2005
    #18
    I'd restart your computer and try again...I bet it will go faster.
     
  19. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

    Joined:
    May 16, 2008
    #19
    Did you even read the first post?
     

Share This Page