Resolved Error code -36 Empty Trash

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ma5ter5, Jun 21, 2016.

  1. ma5ter5 macrumors member


    May 17, 2010

    I recently added some external drives to my system, and have been moving a bunch of files around between 4 external drives, secondary internal drive, and Time Capsule drive. In the process I've been deleting files without much issue. However in my most recent attempt to empty the trash, I received error code -36. I've read the following articles:’t-complete-the-operation-because-some-data-can’t-be-read-or-written.852396/

    The instructions are pretty simple if was copying from drive to drive, but I have to admit I am confused/in over my head. I'm not sure which files in the trash are causing the issue, which of the 6 drives the files came from, or how to specifically resolve it for deleting files from the trash.

    System Details
    4 WD 2TB drives (Password Protected with WD Drive Lock, unlocked at time of operation) Formatted OS X Extended
    1st Gen Time Capsule
    OS 10.11.5

    Thank you for your time and assistance!

  2. white7561 macrumors member


    Jun 28, 2016
    If u want to empty trash. Try this. On terminal . : rm -rf .Trash .if it works. Maybe it just removing trash on ur drive. Try to deleting on every drives like rm -rf /Volumes/WOW/.Trash

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