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  1. #1

    Member Since
    Oct 01, 2008
    Folder in Trash won't Trash
    Hey guys and gals i was wondering if you could help me out. I recently lent my external hard drive to a friend who just bought an iMac and needed to transfer stuff from his macbook and pc to his new iMac and when i got it back there was a folder on it that he said he didnt need. So i deleted it. Except everytime i try to empty my trash it sits there saying that i cannot delete this folder because i dont have enough permissions. Now, its not a big deal, the folder is 0 KB but its ANNOYING to have my trash always full and continuously telling me i dont have permissions to empty my own trash.

    Ive googled it and tried all the instructions here ( -Tutorials - HowTo - Trash - page2) And also tried everything on the first page including FileXaminer and Supergetinfo both of which do nothing. FileXaminer asks me for my password and then nothing happens and Supergetinfo just tells me the same thing.

    Anyhelp would be greatly appreciated.

    Information you may need to know:

    I am running Leopard 10.5.5 on an iMac, it is my own Mac and i am the only user on the mac. When i do "Get Info" on the folder in the trash it says that i can "read & write" but unlike other folders i cant open the lock and do maintenance on the folder, and if i try hitting the "lock" ticker (which is not ticked) nothing happens, no check mark or anything. If i try and drag the folder out of the trash a copy of the folder goes to my desktop (which i can do maintenance on) but the original folder that i dont have "permissions" remains in the trash. PLEASE HELP!

  2. #2

    mrplow's Avatar
    Member Since
    Oct 01, 2007
    Mac Mini i5 (2014 High Sierra), iPhone X, Apple Watch, iPad Pro 12.9, AppleTV (4)
    Sorry if this is something you've tried but does holding Option down when empting work?

    Please use the reputation system if you think you've been helped - bottom left of this post

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    skaheadpunk's Avatar
    Member Since
    Jan 12, 2008
    Leicester, England
    MacBook, iPod Classic, 8GB 3G iPhone, Time Capsule
    I'd take it out of the trash, and Get Info. Try changing the permissions and then trashing it.

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Oct 01, 2008
    @mrplow: Yes, that was one of the first things i read and tried... to no avail :S Thanks tho!

    @skaheadpunk: When i try taking the folder out of the trash only a copy of the folder moves to the desktop and the original that i can't do anything (ANYTHING!!!) with remains there. If i do Get Info on the folder i dragged to the desktop i have full authority over it and can delete it and empty THAT folder from the trash but the original that was there is still there

    PS Skaheadpunk your avatar is awesome!

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    Lifeisabeach's Avatar
    Member Since
    Sep 30, 2007
    The Republic of Neptune
    Here's everything you'll ever need to know about handling the Trash in OS X.
    Solving Trash Problems

    Please verify and include the exact model/year of your Mac and OS X version number (available from "About This Mac", then "More Info" on the Apple menu).
    Links: Onyx | EasyFind | Apple Hardware Test | How to test your hard drive | The Safe Mac Adware Removal Guide | Uninstall MacKeeper
    Lifeisabeach - Mac-Forums Member of the Month June 2009, Feb 2012, and March 2013.

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    ADKhikerVW's Avatar
    Member Since
    Aug 18, 2007
    Wilmington, NY
    15" Unibody MBP (2009), White MB (2009), iMac G4
    sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*

    That should do it.

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