Files that are dragged into trash disappear?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Dominirey, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. Dominirey, Nov 27, 2011
    Last edited: Nov 27, 2011

    Dominirey macrumors newbie

    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! :(
  2. bigeasy_uk 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.
  3. eric/ Guest


    Sep 19, 2011
    Ohio, United States
  4. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
  5. Fishrrman macrumors G4


    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?
  6. shawnathan 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.
  7. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    In your Finder > Preferences > Advanced is Empty Trash Securely checked or not checked?

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