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    Corrupt file
    I have a corrupt file in my Trash Bin. It's name is unreadable and I cannot empty it from the Bin. When I try to empty the bin, the folder closes, but the file has not gone. If I try to Get Info, the file disappears from the Bin - but when I open the Bin again, it is back.

    I have verified the disk and permissions, both successfully. This has not made any difference.

    How can I get rid of this file please?

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    Take a look here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Take a look here.
    Try the second technique first. It's the simplest.

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    I tried those without success.

    I will try a repair and see if that fixes it, although a verify found no errors.

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    Can you take a screenshot of the trash? Also, is this on an external drive, that is also used by windows? If not, do you use bootcamp?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dysfunction View Post
    Can you take a screenshot of the trash? Also, is this on an external drive, that is also used by windows? If not, do you use bootcamp?
    This is on the main internal drive of the iMac. I do use Bootcamp, but this is not on the Windows partition. It applies to the main (and only) user ID on the system, so it is also of course an Admin user.

    I'll see what I can do about a screenshot, once I can remember how to do a screenshot.

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    cmd-shift-4 will let you select, if you hit space it will allow you to simply click on a window
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    Here is the screenshot of the Trash folder:


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    oooooo


    Ok, how comfortable are you with Terminal?

    edit: Ya know what.. BEFORE we go there.. boot to windows and empty your recycling bin. Then check again
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    I tried rebooting into Windows and emptying the Recycle Bin.

    Back into Mac OS and the file (or folder) is still there.


    I don't know if this helps, but I have an eBook reader. I connected this to my laptop at work, which has its own disk encrypted with a MacAfee encryption system. Somehow this resulted in a folder being created on the eBook reader which was not readable. I could not delete it from the reader successfully.

    When I brought the reader home and attached it to the iMac, I was able to delete the folder from the reader. I suspect this is the folder now in my Trash folder. Does this help explain how to get rid of the folder?

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    could be, was this file deleted while you were booted to windows by chance?


    I ask simply because that's pretty much the signature of files named like that I've seen in the past.
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    No, the file was deleted when in Mac OS, viewing the reader disk as an external USB disk. If it helps, the reader is the Elonex.

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    Ok, go into terminal and cd to .Trash, then do an ls -ai

    paste the output.
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    When I brought the reader home and attached it to the iMac, I was able to delete the folder from the reader. I suspect this is the folder now in my Trash folder. Does this help explain how to get rid of the folder?
    Attach the reader once more to your iMac. With the reader attached, empty the Trash. I've had the very same thing happen when attaching devices like a camera or mP3 player and then deleting something. Forgetting to empty the Trash while the device was still attached creates the same problem you're running into. Re-attaching (mounting) the device once more and emptying the Trash usually resolves it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Attach the reader once more to your iMac. With the reader attached, empty the Trash. I've had the very same thing happen when attaching devices like a camera or mP3 player and then deleting something. Forgetting to empty the Trash while the device was still attached creates the same problem you're running into. Re-attaching (mounting) the device once more and emptying the Trash usually resolves it.

    Regards.
    Oh yea, thanks. Great call Forgot about that. I really need more sleep.
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