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Can't Empty Trash - Locked Files


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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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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.
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I use iEmpty, works every time for me.

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