Secure Empty Trash Gets Stuck When 7 Items Are Left

Discussion in 'macOS' started by PatrickC, Nov 4, 2007.

  1. PatrickC macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2007
    Does anyone else have this problem? Whether I start with 52 files in the trashcan or 10 files, when I click "Secure Empty Trash" it just gets stuck and won't get past 7 files remaining. I have to force quit the finder, and then the trashcan appears as empty.

    Doing a normal "Empty Trash" gives me no problems at all. Frustrating.
  2. papplegate macrumors member

    Jul 23, 2002
    Cincinnati, OH

    Mine has gotten stuck at 6 items, during a secure empty of the trash. I could not cancel the process, and had to force a re-launch of the finder to get back to normal operations.
  3. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2006
    some of that porn is pretty sticky 'eh. :p
    try rebooting, and then trying.
    It is more than likely due to the file being needed.

    if all that still doesn't work
    easiest way is to use the terminal.
    pull up a terminal window.

    rm -r .Trash/
  4. PatrickC thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 2, 2007
    I can guarantee the files aren't needed. They can be seven 10KB readme texts, and it will delete the first three but stick on the rest when 7 files remain. I'll remember the terminal command in the future, thanks for that tip. I hope Apple addresses this in the 10.5.1 update.
  5. mashinhead macrumors 68020

    Oct 7, 2003
  6. iBunny macrumors 65816

    Apr 15, 2004
    I too have this issue. For me, its random when it stops working. I can always "Empty Trash" but never succussfully "Secure Empty Trash" if there are more than 1 item in the trashcan.

    Hopefully 10.5.2 will fix this issue? :mad:
  7. Eric Indiana macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2011
    maybe computer sleep issue?

    I have the exact same problem, and it never used to happen. I wonder if it's getting hung up because I changed the energy saving settings and my computer went into sleep mode. I'll find out soon enough - I'm secure-emptying a bunch of files now. It's down to 10 left. I'll check in in an hour.

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