File in external HDD reappears immediately after deleting (and refuses to be deleted)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by KSaebin, Jul 26, 2015.

  1. KSaebin macrumors newbie

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    Lately my Seagate external HDD I use for my macbook pro (still on 10.6.8) has been asking me this whenever I want to delete any file off of it:

    Are you sure you want to delete "(file/folder name)"?
    This item will be deleted immediately. You can't undo this action.
    Cancel/Delete

    This removes the deleted files permanently without going through the macbook's Trash, which I don't really have a huge problem with except it's annoying to keep being prompted every time I want to delete a file. (this only happens with files in the external HDD. files on my macbook's internal HDD delete normally)


    My main problem is that I have come across some files (only 2 specific files for now, but there may be more) that keep reappearing after I have clicked "Delete" to confirm. After confirmation, the file would appear to have been deleted successfully, only to reappear almost immediately in the same folder.

    After some tedious Googling I have tried "deleting" the ~/.Trash of the external HDD via Terminal; I'm not sure if I even did delete a trash folder, because I don't know if it existed before/anymore.

    What should I do to fix this problem? What is the cause of it anyway?
    I haven't done anything different to my HDD or dropped it.
    I have, however, recently tried disabling sleepimage on my macbook because cached files take up too much space on my computer if I use it after waking it up from sleep mode. I don't see how that would affect my external hard drive though, or could it?
     
  2. mtasquared macrumors regular

    mtasquared

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    #2
    The files that keep reappearing may be in use by your mac. What are they exactly?
     
  3. mtasquared macrumors regular

    mtasquared

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    If you want to go ahead and delete the files try this (read this whole post first). Open a terminal window. Type "sudo rm -rf " without quotation marks then drag the file you want deleted into the terminal window. That will cause the file path to be entered into the terminal. Then press return. WARNING: if you type "sudo rm -r / " then hit return it will delete all the files on your home drive. Please be careful or have an expert present.
     
  4. KSaebin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    They're just some video files! (Doctor Who *_*) and they weren't in use at the time either.

    I have actually already tried that method a few times to no avail :(
     

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