File from old Dell will Not Die!

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by iChrisG, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. iChrisG macrumors member

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    Hey, I just got a new iMac and I transferred some of my old files from my Old Dell to my EHD to my Mac. The folder is just a bunch of pictures, documents, and such. Except it won't delete. I have put it in my Trash and it will not delete.

    First, it says, "The operation cannot be completed because you do not have sufficent privileges for some of the items." Then I just have to click continue and it doesnt do anything.

    Help!
     
  2. TEG macrumors 604

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    Likely there is file that was created on a POSTIX compliant system. The only way to delete would be to log in as your root user.

    TEG
     
  3. toolbox macrumors 68020

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    Go into the trash and move it on the desktop. Open up Terminal type you should see something like

    user$

    from here type cd Destop/ and press enter
    then rm -r -f foldername and press enter.

    this will nuke the folder and the contents also
     
  4. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Be very careful with the rm -f command, I can't stress that enough.
     
  5. iChrisG thread starter macrumors member

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    I have tried the Terminal Type and it is not working. Or I am doing it wrong? I don't know.

    Also, I am my Root User so yeah.
     
  6. TEG macrumors 604

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    There is an actual user on the computer call "root" not just your user having Administrator rights. You actually have to log out and log back in as root to empty the trash, or put "su" or "sudo" before using the rm command.

    TEG
     
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  8. jaikob macrumors 6502

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    Here Try this:

    cd ~/Desktop
    sudo chmod ugo=rwx "Fullfilenamehere"
    ---Enter password---
    sudo rm -rf "filenamehere"

    After you enter your password though, you should be able to delete it.
     
  9. iChrisG thread starter macrumors member

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  10. iChrisG thread starter macrumors member

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    Anyone can help me? It's still in my trash. Whenever I try and take it out it just makes a copy of itself to my Desktop. Please help!
     

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