error -43 cannot delete files? & item in use

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by wakkaday, Jun 13, 2016.

  1. wakkaday macrumors member

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    i have a file on my external hd i cant delete with ERROR-43

    items in trash i can't delete


    operation can't be completed because item is in use


    is there a fix
    thank you
     
  2. NoBoMac macrumors 6502a

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  3. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    Reboot in safe mode by booting while holding down the shift key and see if you can then empty the trash.
     
  4. wakkaday thread starter macrumors member

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  5. NoBoMac macrumors 6502a

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    Forgot to add: since it's the Trash not emptying, need to "cd /Volume/volumename/.Trash"

    Then can do rm command.
     
  6. wakkaday thread starter macrumors member

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    still no joy

    ive googled too, its a file from my external hd which i deleted, it says its in use.
    in safe mode it doesnt show, the trash is empty
    but the files show on normal bootup
     
  7. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    Run repair disk from Disk Utility on the exterior drive.
     

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