Files that are dragged into trash disappear?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Sep 1, 2011
When I drag them to trash, they just disappear. And its not that it's automatically emptying the trash because it doesn't change the amount of space free on my hard drive. What is happening??? On another note I was dragging some footage for my video project that i finished to the trash to clear some space but accidentally i also dragged the finished exported project and it all just disappeared but it didn't clear any space on my hard drive. Where did it all go????? The project is due on tuesday and I'm panicking!!! It's worth 30% of my whole grade! I'm gonna kill myself if I don't get this!!!! OMFG! :(
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macrumors 6502
Sep 8, 2005
Leamington Spa, England
I had this problem recently on my macbook air, not involving the trash but if I moved or created a file anywhere it wouldn't show up in finder, but I could see them in terminal.
I had to use disk utility to repair disk permissions and that fixed it, all the files I copied/created showed up again after a restart.


macrumors Core
Feb 20, 2009
"When I drag them to trash, they just disappear."

I've seen a similar problem myself, that being, when a file is placed in the trash, the finder would throw up a warning saying that the file would be "deleted immediately".

I believe this has _something_ to do with accounts and permissions.

Have you tried repairing permissions (via Disk Utility) to see if that would help?


macrumors member
Mar 31, 2008
Were the files you dragged into the trash located on a networked server, or were they saved on your local hard drive? If they were on a server, then it would make sense that the files would disappear, along with the warning:

"This item will be deleted immediately. You can’t undo this action."

This is simply the way OS X handles moving networked files to the trash. If this is the case, your files are gone and you are out of luck.
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