Problem trashing a large file

Discussion in 'macOS' started by riker1384, Aug 7, 2010.

  1. riker1384 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2007
    West Coast
    I'm trying to secure-empty-trash a large backup disk image, about 275 gigs. During the process I had put the computer to sleep a couple times. After that, it seemed to be making no progress. I tried to stop the process so I could try again, and now it says

    "Emptying the Trash...

    and has said that for hours with no apparent progress on the status bar. Is there anything I can do get it to finish the process, or to actually stop so I can try again?
  2. LPZ macrumors 65816

    Jul 11, 2006
    Maybe you can stop the process by relaunching Finder? To do so, click on the Finder dock icon while holding the control and option keys, and choose Relaunch.

    Do you really need to securely remove the file? If so, you might try doing so in Terminal using the unix srm command. Drag the file onto your Desktop, and open the Terminal application. In Terminal, enter the following commands, pressing return after each.

    cd ~/Desktop
    (Locate the full name of the file in the list just produced.)

    srm -i -s full_name_of_file
    This will overwrite the file with a single pass of random data.

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