I dont have permission to empty trash?

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

  1. rossikool macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2013
    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.

  2. snaky69 macrumors 603

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

    Jul 10, 2012
    just get Onyx (it's free) which will allow you to force-empty the trash.
  4. MacGizmo macrumors 65816


    Apr 27, 2003
    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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