Trash Won't Empty

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  1. robastewart macrumors newbie

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    Attempt to empty trash securely. Consistently get message asking if want to delete locked items or unlocked items only? Either selection, the deletion halts about three seconds into the process. When starting to empty, the status bar indicates over 1,400 files. What needs to be done to empty the trash?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Dane D. macrumors 6502a

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    Hold the Option-key down while selecting Empty Trash, should be able to delete locked items.
     
  3. robastewart thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your suggestion. Tried it, but no go. The process gets a little further along, but then halts. No change in trash bin.
     
  4. robastewart thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Seems to do somewhat better using shift-option, but still don't get an empty trashcan. The process continues to halt. When restarted, it shows fewer files to delete, and moves a little faster, then halts. On the next restart, it shows a number of files remains closer to the original number, seems to be emptying just fine, then halts. This goes on over and over. Still have a basket full of trash.
     
  5. robastewart thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the links to helps. From the first link, had already tried some of the tactics, but not the one using Terminal. Gave it a shot. And another. And another. Process still halts after appearing to empty several hundred files.

    Your second link won't open.
     
  6. driftless macrumors demi-god

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    I had the same problem, have you recently migrated from a Windows platform?
     
  7. dwarnecke11 macrumors 6502

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    This has happened to me a few times. A restart clears it up every time.
     
  8. munkery macrumors 68020

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    Try relaunching Finder.

    :apple: menu -> Force Quit -> select Finder -> click Relaunch.
     
  9. thumpcbd macrumors newbie

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    Try this,

    1. Open a terminal window
    2. Type cd /
    3. Type rm -fr
    4. It's all deleted now, hope you have a backup.

    (And if you really do that you're entire HD will be blank)
     
  10. basher macrumors 6502

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    This always has worked for me. Like a good friend of mine tells me, "a reboot can solve a lot of issues."
     
  11. robastewart thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the suggestions, but relaunching finder does not work. And I don't want to erase the HD, just remove a few months of backups from an external drive.
     
  12. driftless macrumors demi-god

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    I asked this before: are these files a recent transfer from a windows computer?
     
  13. robastewart thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, these files originated on my IMac. I've deleted backups this way on the machine before. It's just this recent attempt that has met failure.
     
  14. driftless macrumors demi-god

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    OK, I had that problem after transferring a PC to a Mac and ended up calling Apple for advice. Calling Apple is always a good idea if you have AppleCare.
     
  15. robastewart thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes, I have AppleCare, and probably ought invoke it to rectify this problem. But I'm stubborn about trying to fix something myself, first. ;) Thanks for your helpful input.
     
  16. derbothaus, Sep 22, 2011
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    derbothaus macrumors 601

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    Why don't you just start deleting a few directories at a time till you find the offender? Then force down r/w permissions for Everyone.

    Then:
    rmdir -rf
    for folder
    or
    rm -rf
    for file.

    in ~/.Trash.
     
  17. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    Download and install Onyx. In there is an option to force-empty the trash. Highly recommended app.
     

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