Emptying trash painfully slow in Sierra

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by Dinky2, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. Dinky2 macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2010
    So I am on Sierra since yesterday. When creating a new clone using Carbon Copy Cloner, the target disk was full so I had to clean up some stuff. I deleted some directories from CCC's Safety Net folder and emptied the trash. At least, that is what I was trying to do....
    The total amount of file to be deleted added up to almost 500.000. To reach the point where it had finally figured that out, it was already 15 minutes or so later. Then followed the actual erasure process. That is even taking longer and it's still going on in a painfully slow way.
    As far as I know, secure emptying of the trash no longer exists in Sierra, so emptying the trash should be a matter of seconds or maybe minutes, surely ? So what is going on ? Is Sierra still writing nulls or what ?
  2. MacForScience macrumors 6502


    Sep 7, 2010
    If you are deleting 500,000 items that can take a while. It can take even longer on an external drive. I would recommend if you are concerned that you use something like SMART Utility to verify the drive isn't failing. It might also be worth running a tool like Disk Warrior on the drive as well.

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