Trash can't be emptied, looks empty

Discussion in 'macOS Sierra (10.12)' started by user1234, Aug 19, 2017.


Have you experienced this issue?

Poll closed Sep 2, 2017.
  1. Yes, still happening

    1 vote(s)
  2. Yes, but it's fixed

    0 vote(s)
  3. No

    2 vote(s)
  1. user1234 macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2009

    I have this very strange issue with trash on my Mac. For the longest time, deleting files from external drives will change the trash icon to show there is something in it, but opening it in finder will show it empty, even though I just deleted files. This means I can't empty it. Ejecting and remounting the drives will make it appear, and will allow for the trash to be emptied.

    Now, this has been going on ever since I upgraded to Sierra, so I just figured it was some junk on my system interfering with it and I decided not to do anything about it, but now I have a new computer, and the same thing is happening on this one as well, with newly formatted external drives. This can't be a coincidence.

    Is anyone else having this problem in Sierra? So far I have just emptied it manually using terminal if I don't feel like ejecting the drive, but it's getting old.
  2. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    Are you using the same external hard drive or different external hard drives? If you plug that same external drive into another Mac the same thing happens on the other computer?

    I have not personally that issue before on any of my Macs running Sierra.
  3. user1234 thread starter macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2009
    Several drives on two different Macs. Some newly formatted, some not. It's weird

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