Stubbon file in trash can

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mattshawman, Sep 1, 2014.

  1. mattshawman macrumors newbie

    Aug 20, 2009

    I've got a stubbon file in my trash can which won't delete. I click empty trash, but when I open it back up it is still there. If I try to put the file back it says "The operation can’t be completed because it isn’t supported"

    Anybody have any idea how to get rid of this file?

  2. Apple fanboy macrumors Penryn

    Apple fanboy

    Feb 21, 2012
    Behind the Lens, UK
    What's the file extension? Also what OS is your Mac running?
    Have you tried rebooting your Mac? I had a similar issue on a PC once and that resolved it for me.
  3. dwfaust macrumors 601


    Jul 3, 2011
    Something is still using that file.

    My suggestion would be to eject any .dmg images that are loaded and try again. If that fails, restart your Mac and then try to empty the trash.
  4. n0cus macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2012
    You might want to do a secure emptying of the trash by clicking Finder in the Menu Bar and click Secure Empty Trash.
  5. EssentialGadget macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2013
    Reboot w/o opening apps should release the file...

    and allow you to empty the trash.

    This happens to quicktime movies all the time. If you right click and quit quicktime (or the app that is accessing the file) you can also delete the file.
  6. RandomKamikaze macrumors 6502a


    Jan 8, 2009
    If the above doesn't work run

     rm -ri ~/.Trash
    When asked to examine type 'yes' then press enter

    Delete the file which will appear as something along the lines of /~/.Trash/ (again, type 'yes' press enter)

    Don't delete .Trash (e.g. /~/.Trash)
  7. 06Honda macrumors regular

    May 25, 2011
  8. Fishrrman macrumors Pentium


    Feb 20, 2009
    This may sound overly simple, but if you haven't tried it, I suggest you do:

    1. Shut down the Mac -- power all the way off
    2. Restart the Mac, get back to the Finder
    3. Try emptying the trash now. Any changes?

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