I dont have permission to empty trash?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by rossikool, Aug 26, 2015.

  1. rossikool macrumors newbie

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    Jan 27, 2013
    #1
    well I am delete files from my external hard drive so I have dragged the files I want to delete, whilst keeping the hard drive connected I click empty securely and a message pops up stating:

    The operation can’t be completed because you don’t have permission to access some of the items.

    with the option of Skip stop or continue.

    I have tried selecting all 3 options but none work

    So what is the problem? its the first time I have ever had a problem removing items from my external hard drive.

    cheers.
     
  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Mar 14, 2008
    #2
    The files are likely marked as read only. Press cmd-i to check. Change permissions if they are.
     
  3. Idefix macrumors 6502

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    Jul 10, 2012
    #3
    just get Onyx (it's free) which will allow you to force-empty the trash.
     
  4. MacGizmo macrumors 6502a

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    Arizona
    #4
    Rather than Onyx (which is a great app, but way overkill for this one task), just get TrashIt. It's a quick little GUI wrapper on the same script that Onyx uses, only without all the other overhead.
     

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