Having trouble emptying my trash.

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  1. Nuge macrumors newbie

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    There is a certain file in my trash bin that won't delete, I don't believe it is locked or anything, it just says, "The operation can’t be completed because the item “sixtyforce” is in use."

    "sixtyforce" was this emulator that I downloaded, but it was the older version of it, so I wanted to delete it, but that message keeps coming up.

    Can anyone help me out with this?
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

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    Empty the trash holding down the alt key and it should force empty what ever is in the trash.
     
  3. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    did you eject the dmg before emptying the trash? this is assuming you are running sixtyforce straight from the dmg however
     
  4. Nuge thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did restart already, didn't work.

    I tried emptying while holding alt/option

    And I believe I ejected/deleted every other file affiliated with the sixtyforce file
     
  5. Nuge thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. EmptyG macrumors regular

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    That last link worked perfectly for me too. Thanks!!!
     
  7. kirstingent macrumors newbie

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  8. stevenlangley1 macrumors regular

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    lol...i've had that damn "sixty force" file in my trash bin for over a year. I can't wait to get home and see if the above links work. thanks guys
     
  9. fl4ck macrumors newbie

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    phew

    Good thing you guys dealt with this already.. only a few minutes of not being able to delete this was freaking me out.. lol. Thanks, the secure delete worked perfectly.
     
  10. Freakazoid28 macrumors newbie

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    I got a question. When I'm prompted to type in my password on the terminal, it doesn't let me. What should I do?
     
  11. stridemat Moderator

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    When you type a password in terminal it won't show any visual clues. It will only show 'Password.'

    When this is displayed type your password in a press return. It will run the action.
     
  12. Freakazoid28 macrumors newbie

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    Oh thank you, it worked perfectly. Sooo glad to finally get rid of it.
     
  13. mitchperson macrumors newbie

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    One fix that I found that is reletivly easy is to enable the root user account and then delete the trash folder that is giving you trouble. OSX will automatically create a new one the next time you delete something. Here is a link from Apple support to help you with this. Follow the instructions to the letter or you could end up damaging your OS. Hope this helps

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?path=Mac/10.6/en/11778.html
     
  14. vcsuri macrumors newbie

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    Simplest proven solution!

    There's a simple solution mate:

    Go to Finder > Preferences > Advanced and select "Empty Trash Securely".

    Then just bin the app and empty your Trash, it should be gone. Forever!
     
  15. demitriarcheas macrumors newbie

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    didnt work

    Hey, so I have a simiar problem and I tried what the site suggested about terminal but when I dragged the file from the desktop and press enter i dont get prompted for my password. I get a message that says no such file or directory. Am I doing something wrong??

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    Nvm. spoke too soon. dyslexia is a bitch
     
  16. katieny1974 macrumors newbie

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    Thank You!

    I had a trashed file that wouldn't empty, and your suggestion worked perfectly. Thank you for posting! ;)
     
  17. iRezaa macrumors newbie

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    awesome

    This worked perfectly for me, thank you :D
     
  18. dnchari macrumors newbie

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    Worked like a charm, Great thanks
     
  19. Sperkie macrumors newbie

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  20. spl456 macrumors member

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    I had a similar issue with a ISO file hiding somewhere on my system.

    Anyways, someone on the Apple forums recommend an App called 'Whats Keeping Me?'
    Freebie

    http://www.hamsoftengineering.com/products/wkm/wkm.html

    Anyways, install this, search for the file, then click on 'kill', it will eject the file from where it is holed up and hey presto, done.
     
  21. gwill macrumors newbie

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    Worked like a charm thanks
     
  22. Jekahog macrumors newbie

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    OMG! THAT SAVED ME DUDE! I just HATE when something just occupy my trash like that.. i just want it to be empty... i spent two hours looking for a solution to this crap!

    THANX AGAIN!
     

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