Whoops (trash has 300,000 files)

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  1. rukus macrumors member

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    I'm thinking i should have emptied the trash bin more often. it was at something around 300,000 files to remove. i dont understand how it could get that high. its been emptying since yesterday afternoon, and i still have 85,000 to go.
     
  2. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    you sure you didn't accidentally put one of your root folders in there?
     
  3. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Lol, when was last time you emptied it?
     
  4. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    It would suck if someone thought it would be funny to put the contents of your HD into the trash when you weren't paying attention.
     
  5. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I would create a folder on your desktop and move all those file into the folder; then use Terminal and rm -rf that folder; much faster.
     
  6. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020

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    Well if it is taking that long to delete I would say that you must have used "secure delete"- bet you wish now you would not have! ;)
     
  7. rukus thread starter macrumors member

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    well..... after a full reinstall and all that crap...



    nah, it was years of music, pictures and school docs (all doubles and triples after being on a laptop in rough shape. and yes it is secure empty trash, i didnt know there was a faster way. almost done now anyway. only 33k left. itll be done by morning. :)
     
  8. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    This has to be some kind of record ... 42 hours to empty Trash
     
  9. Doctor Q Administrator

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    The Guinness people keep track of the oddest kinds of world records. Maybe you should apply.
     
  10. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    HOLY! 300K files?!?!? Register for the world records... For me, there arent more than a few files in there. I usually empty once I stick it in.
     
  11. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Somebody would have had to verify it.
     
  12. KingYaba macrumors 68040

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    Could he have deleted regularly and then opened up Disk Utility to use the writing zeroes feature? As far as I know it's the same result in the end.
     
  13. Doctor Q Administrator

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    I can verify it. After all, I saw it posted right here on the Internet!
     
  14. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I've seen a lot of things posted on the Internet that no one can verify ... not you, or an unnamed doctor.
     
  15. Drumjim85 macrumors 68030

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    Having a GWR myself, and knowing the process of it all, this wouldn't work.
     
  16. acfusion29 macrumors 68040

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    I had almost 100,000 files on my time machine backup... what's the deal? lol.

    Took almost an hour to delete it (I think it was about 96,000 files).
     
  17. Doctor Q Administrator

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    I was kidding about the world's record, folks!

    But I see you really do have a record!
     
  18. rukus thread starter macrumors member

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    done. i did the last 25k with plain 'empty trash'. everythings fine as well.
     
  19. tcphoto macrumors 6502a

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    and when was the last time you changed the oil in your car?
     
  20. rukus thread starter macrumors member

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    whatever. cars dont use oil. they only need gas. oil is for lawnmowers and stirfry.



    btw. my car needs an oil change in another 8k or so.
     
  21. bizzle macrumors 6502a

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    Not all that impressive really. Perform and Archive and Install and see how many files end up in the Previous Systems folder.
     

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