Problems emptying Trash...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by HXGuy, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. HXGuy macrumors 68000

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    I don't know why my iMac does this from time to time, but I try to empty the Trash and I get...

    "The operation can't be complete because the item is in use."

    The item isn't in use though, the program (Acrobat in this case since it's a PDF) isn't even open. The only way to resolve it is if I reset the computer but then after some use, it does it again.

    I'm on OSX 10.6 by the way.
     
  2. stridemat Moderator

    stridemat

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    What happens if you click File > Secure empty Trash when in the finder?
     

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  3. HXGuy thread starter macrumors 68000

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  4. stridemat Moderator

    stridemat

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    Some things just get stuck every now and again. Secure empty trash forces it to empty.
     
  5. Ollie N macrumors regular

    Ollie N

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    Also shortens the length of your drive by writing 0 over the data
     

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