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  1. #1

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    Apr 29, 2011
    Can't Empty Trash - Locked Files
    I have a silly problem, but can't figure out what to do.

    I bought an external hard drive. I was moving some stuff and accidentally made a copy of what looks like my home direct/internal hard drive.

    Deleted the copy and verified I have everything I need on my internal drive.

    My time machine backup no longer works because it doesn't have room. Basically, with the file in the trash I have twice the hard disk space taken up.

    When I try and empty the trash, it says I can't because I have locked files.

    I have so many folders/files, I can't search through them all to unlock them one at a time.

    Help says to hold down the option key and select empty trash, that appears to do nothing and I have the same problem.

    I restarted my computer and it looked like the trash was empty. Then the files all appeared to show up again.

    Any suggestions on how to empty my trash?

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    27" iMac i5, 3.2 GHz, iPad 3, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6+, 3 iPods, El Capitan
    You can either use a terminal command to force the trash to empty or download the free "Force Empty Trash" application and use it instead.

  3. #3

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    May 05, 2011
    I use iEmpty, works every time for me.
     iMac 21.5" 2.5 GHz Intel Core i5 OSX 10.8.3

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