Okay, I'm freaking out. Files on desktop not showing in Finder.

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  1. PinkyMacGodess, Nov 17, 2015
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    This is freaking me out. I was organizing, and moving files into a folder, and the first batch did like normal, they were 'moved' into the directory, and removed from the Desktop.

    The second batch weren't removed from the Desktop, and yet do not show up in a finder window showing the desktop.

    Here are two files, and the appropriate section of the finder list, and they aren't on the list. NONE of them are.

    This is the first time I've ever seen this happen...

    Any idea's what's going on? This is freaking me out...

    When I double click the icons on the desktop, I get the popup that the files are in the trash, yet they are still on the desktop!
     
  2. PinkyMacGodess, Nov 17, 2015
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    AND I can't empty the trash because a message pops up telling me that "'Trash' can't be emptied right now becasue it's being used by another task, such as moving or copying an item or emptying the Trash. Try again when the current task is complete.'

    If I knew what 'task' was running stopping the trash from being emptied!

    Freaky... :eek:o_O

    EDIT: I went through item-by-item and deleted everything, and the trash still shows there is something in it (Trash showing on the desktop icon), and even though it's 'empty' (not showing any files in the listing), it won't empty. I get the same message...
     
  3. PinkyMacGodess thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I shutdown and restarted, and it 'seems' back to normal...

    Anyone ever seen this kind or bizarre before?
     
  4. Rodan52, Nov 17, 2015
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    Do you have a Time Machine backup by chance? Regardless it is likely that these files are large, yes?
    I would simply restart the device. No matter where these files are, so long as you have not emptied trash they are still on the machine. Most likely where you left them. My guess is that you started a task while another was still completing and the processor just got "bogged down."
     
  5. PinkyMacGodess thread starter macrumors 68040

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    It was about five minutes after I started copying them. It's like the copy process just fell apart, and the files were all over the place.

    It does seem to be acting more 'normal' today, but I haven't spent much time on it either.

    It was just really odd... The files on the desktop not opening because it said they were in the trash was a new one. They weren't aliases either...
     

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