files sent to Trash disappear

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by exfordy, Jan 7, 2012.

  1. exfordy macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2011
    My Trash on iMac running Lion has, I believe, always worked OK but today I noticed that when I dragged some files from Finder to Trash they (and any other files that may have been in Trash) disappear. Trash is permanently empty. I am not aware of having changed any settings. How can I chnage this so that Trash fills and I can decide whether to empty Trash?
  2. Batt macrumors 65816


    Dec 17, 2007
    Syracuse, NY
    Finder preferences>advanced>check "show warning before emprying trash"
  3. exfordy thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 1, 2011
    Unfortunately that hasn't worked. I did that (it was unticked) and even did a restart but the problem is still there - files dragged to Trash disappear. Trash permanently remains empty.
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    I wonder if it's a permissions issue in the trash? Maybe repair the permissions?
  5. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010
    Try this (the AppleScript version first):

    ...and use Disk Utility to repair the permissions on your startup disk.

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