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    External HD won't delete files
    I want to delete some empty files on my new external hard drive. It won't let me. Can anyone tell me how to safety trash the few files I don't want? I'm using OS X Lion.
    Thank you.

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    Do you receive an error?

    What file system is the drive formatted with?
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrplow View Post
    Do you receive an error?

    What file system is the drive formatted with?
    It says the hard drive is running at this time. I formatted it in Mac OS Extended (Journaled)

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    Sounds like another process is using the disk. Sorry to ask the same thing but do you have the exact wording of the error? maybe a screen shot?
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    No problem at all.
    This is what is says
    “Back Ups” can’t be opened right now because it’s being used by another task, such as moving or copying an item or emptying the Trash. Try again when the current task is complete."

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    If you restart your Mac, then reconnect your disk and try again, do you get the same error?
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