Permanently deleting alias files?

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

  1. darthsoth macrumors newbie

    Jan 25, 2012
    Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada
    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

    Mar 5, 2008
    You Only Live Twice
    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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