Error code - 8003

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by orbdrums, May 3, 2011.

  1. orbdrums macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2008
    I am getting an error when trying to empty my trash bin with an external hard drive attached and turned on. The message is, "The operation could not be completed because an unexpected error has occurred. (error code - 8003)". When I turn off the external hard drive (which happens to be my Time Machine backup drive" the trash disappears from my trash bin. That's the only way I can remove files from my internal hard drive. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Have you tried verifying the disk with Disk Utility?
  3. orbdrums thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 13, 2008
    I used Disk Utility to erase all data on the drive and re-format. That took care of the problem. Thanks for your assistance.

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