My 'deletes' don't go to Trash

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by realitystops, May 29, 2014.

  1. realitystops macrumors regular

    realitystops

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    Hello,

    for reasons unknown to me my deleted files/images etc. do not go to trash but disappear immediately, gone!
    So no second chance - much needed by this scrambled head of mine.

    How do I get my second chance back???

    Thank You.
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Are you deleting files off an external drive or internal. External drives will get removed immediately.
     
  3. simsaladimbamba

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    If external drives use HFS+ as file system, the files will go to the Trash first. The same applies for FAT32, NTFS (with NTFS write drivers for Mac OS X) and exFAT as file system on drives using the Master Boot Record partition map scheme.
     
  4. realitystops thread starter macrumors regular

    realitystops

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    Deletion

    Hello,

    this occurs from external and internal ie. internal OSX drive and thunderbolt/eSATA/usb3 externals - both documents and images.

    All drives are HFS+

    Still confused and seeking knowledge

    Thank you
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    Put something from your Desktop in the trash then run the command below in Terminal (yoou will be asked for your password) and tell us if you can see the deleted file there.

    Can you see the trash can in the Dock?

    Code:
    ls ~/.Trash
     
  6. realitystops thread starter macrumors regular

    realitystops

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    Out and About

    When I get back. I will try this. Probably Monday night.

    Thank you

    Yes I remember the trash can being visible on my other machine.
     

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