Weird problems with trash bin... help?

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  1. Namocol, Apr 11, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 11, 2016

    Namocol macrumors newbie


    Dec 20, 2015
    I work on an imac with OSX 10.9.5. Part of my work involves saving files recorded from several cameras and drones (I work in video editing). A couple of times has happened that I copy some files and then later when I go look for them, they're gone, we've lost some very important video footage that way.

    Today I was copying some footage we made yesterday, while at the same time doing some other stuff, I went to delete the trash bin... and it tells me that it can't empty it because the file XXX (one of the files I'm copying) is in use.... sure enough, when I check the folder I was copying, it deleted all the files except for that one. The files were never in the trash bin, actually all I did was to plug in the USB memory card in the reader and copy all the files to an external USB drive.

    Seems that the trash bin is getting confused somehow, and when I empty it it's deleting stuff from other folders and not what's actually in the trash. I copied the files again, emptied the trash bin, and it deleted them again, while what was actually inside the trash bin was still there. Any clues?... this scares me now because there's no telling what other footage files it might have deleted while emptying the trash bin like that.
  2. ApfelKuchen macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2012
    Between the coasts
    It seems like a weird problem indeed. Have you run Disk Utility > Verify Disk to see if there's damage to the file system?
  3. chscag macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    I don't know if this is your problem or not.... but external USB drives (flash drives, etc) must be attached and recognized before you can empty items from their Trash. Trashed items will appear but not removed if the drives are not attached. This can be a cause of confusion for users who work with external USB media.
  4. mildocjr macrumors 65816

    I'd suggest re-installing from the recovery partition, make a backup of your drive just in case, but it shouldn't overwrite any files.


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