Permanently deleting alias files?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by darthsoth, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. darthsoth macrumors newbie

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    Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
    #1
    Hey there,

    A while ago I deleted some pics from my iMac. just a short time ago I noticed that these photos showed up when I searched via ALL MY FILES in the finder. They appear to be dead alias files. If I click on one it is just a page file, no preview picture and no file extension/file path shows up at all. if I try to quick look it, it comes up blank.

    If I double click it I get a "the alias **** can't be opened because the original item can't be found. DELETE ALIAS, FIX ALIAS…, OK
    delete alias does nothing, fix alias holds no help. I can't drag the file anywhere. If I use the little gear along the top of the finder to GET INFO it gives me sparse info and a shaded out name on the file. sharing and permissions says "you have unknown access" with no option to change anything.

    I have tried restarting my computer, option-command-esc and restart finder. but nothing lets me delete these blank pic files. WTH? any ideas here? as I look through my files trying to manually find where these alias files might be hidden I notice I have a good number of these dead alias files for other stuff I have deleted and supposedly purged from my computer so any way to actually delete this stuff completely would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. smoking monkey macrumors 65816

    smoking monkey

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    Japan
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    I'd say you're in the wrong section. Even though you have an imac this is a universal problem to OSX. Ask a mod to move your thread to the appropriate forum.

    Hope this helps!
     

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