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    Not enough permission to securely empty trash
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    Not enough permission to securely empty trash
    Hello,

    I was deleting items from my USB plugged into my MacAir.

    When I attempt to securely empty trash, I get an error saying I don't have permission to do this.

    When I eject the USB, the trash is gone. But at soon as I plug in the USB, the trash has returned. It is the same files I am trying to delete.

    I tried re-starting the MacAir, no luck.


    What gives?
    Thanks,
    jhoom jhoom

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    Not enough permission to securely empty trash

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    Trashing doesn't actually delete the item(s), it just marks them as unwanted, so the USB stick needs to be in USB slot for this to happen.

    As to permission, can you do a straight empty trash ?

    If you restart the MacBook, can you then secure trash ?

    Try pressing alt key when you click on trash.

    Or use a prog called iEmpty.
    Deletes every time I have an error message.
     iMac 21.5" 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 OSX 10.8.3

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    Not enough permission to securely empty trash
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    Quote Originally Posted by MancmacUK View Post
    Trashing doesn't actually delete the item(s), it just marks them as unwanted, so the USB stick needs to be in USB slot for this to happen.

    As to permission, can you do a straight empty trash ?

    If you restart the MacBook, can you then secure trash ?

    Try pressing alt key when you click on trash.

    Or use a prog called iEmpty.
    Deletes every time I have an error message.

    How do I perform a straight empty trash?

    I am able to open the trash. If I delete something from my MacAir, I am able to do secure delete, however the items from my USB still remain.

    Clicking ALT didn't help....
    Thanks,
    jhoom jhoom

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    Not enough permission to securely empty trash
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    Click on Finder in the menu bar, then on Empty Trash.

    see if that works.
    mike
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    Not enough permission to securely empty trash

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhoomjhoom View Post
    How do I perform a straight empty trash?

    I am able to open the trash. If I delete something from my MacAir, I am able to do secure delete, however the items from my USB still remain.

    Clicking ALT didn't help....
    Menus....

    Finder
    Preferences
    Advanced
    De-select Secure empty trash

    Empty trash will now default to (non secure) empty trash.

    If that doesn't work, download iEmpty and use that to clear USB trash, whilst USB stick still plugged in

    Same thing goes for other USB memory, inc external HDD's
     iMac 21.5" 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 OSX 10.8.3

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    Not enough permission to securely empty trash
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    Hello everyone,

    I went to Finder, unselected Secure Empty, and now, I can empty my trash.

    Thank you!!!
    Thanks,
    jhoom jhoom

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    Not enough permission to securely empty trash

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhoomjhoom View Post
    Hello everyone,

    I went to Finder, unselected Secure Empty, and now, I can empty my trash.

    Thank you!!!
    Glad I could help.

    I never use secure empty, it just takes too long with more than a few files.
     iMac 21.5" 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 OSX 10.8.3

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    And remember Windows works in exactly the same way. USB stick must remain connected during the empty trash operation.
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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