Gray coloured file in Finder - cannot delete it

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by eemerge, Oct 18, 2009.

  1. eemerge macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2009
    Hello all,

    I was copying a large file from my desktop to my mbp ...and installing something at the same time ... from i dont know what reason, everything kinda started to froze...every application i was trying to open was giving me the 'ball' mouse cursor i opened the Force Quit dialog and clcked on Finder and the RESTART button below. I got the gray screen asking me to shutdown and power up my mbp again...So i did. But the file that was in the process of being copied did not finish..and now i see it in finder in a gray colour and i cannot delete it says its being used by some program .

    Any ideeas what to do?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603


    Jul 26, 2004
    Montreal, QC
    Open a Terminal window and type

    sudo rm -rf [space] [drag the offending file into the Terminal window] [return]

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