Files that refuse to delete?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by alexjholland, Jun 26, 2011.

  1. alexjholland macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2011

    I moved over from Windows about four months ago, transferring around 110Gb of music in the process. For some reason a few files that seem to be corrupted MP3s (Bjork, for the record!) refuse to delete.

    They've sat in my Trash for a couple of months, which will not empty them. I've tried renaming them, moving them onto USB sticks instead and all-sorts - but they just won't move.

    Now if I try to move them out of trash, it says the file cannot read or be written, so just makes a copy instead.

    They don't seem to be doing any harm, it's just I'm a neat-freak and have never seen an empty Trash logo since I set my iMac up!

    Any ideas?
  2. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

    Jaffa Cake

    Aug 1, 2004
    The City of Culture, Englandshire
    Have you tried pressing the Option key while you empty the Trash? That normally does the trick for me when it comes to stubborn files that won't shift.
  3. alexjholland thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2011
  4. Gen macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2008
    Try closing all applications and then empty the trash.
    It won't empty if the files are being used in a program.
  5. lfc macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2010
    I would try disconnecting all peripherals then restarting your Mac in safe mode. Should empty then.

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