How to delete a file that doesn't exist?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by KatKits, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. KatKits macrumors newbie

    KatKits

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    Oct 27, 2016
    #1
    So this is what happened. I decided to empty my trash. Then, I received an error code that stated:

    The operation can’t be completed because one or more required items can’t be found.
    (Error code -43)

    Then, I decided to try to rename it, because I thought that maybe renaming it would fix the problem. (I'm still pretty new to the mac). This is what I got back:

    An unexpected error occurred (error code -8072).

    I can't move it either, as this shows up:

    The operation can’t be completed because one or more required items can’t be found.
    (Error code -43)

    Can anyone help me?
     
  2. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    Try rebooting in safe mode by holding down the shift key and see if you can then delete the item.

    If not, reboot into Recovery mode by holding down command-R. Select Disk Utility. Then select Macintosh HD in the left pane and choose either Repair Disk or First Aid.
     
  3. camomac macrumors 6502a

    camomac

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    Right click empty trash (on the trash icon) and hold down the Command key. This give you the option for Secure Empty Trash. Try that. Oops, I'm on Mavericks. For other OS's, Check this link HERE.
     
  4. JohnDS macrumors 65816

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    Boot into Recovery mode by booting while holding down the Command-R key combination.

    Go into Disk Utility. Click on the line at the top left that shows the manufacturer of your hard drive. Then run either Repair Disk or First Aid.

    The click on the next line down which is probably MacIntosh HD unless you have renamed your drive and run Repair Disk or First Aid again.

    Then reboot and see if your problem is solved.
     

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