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    Not very clued up on OS X looking for help please.

    There are 15 folders in my Trash basket which came from my back up drive, an OS X automatic backup system, (Time machine?) I sent the folders to Trash from this drive, reason to start afresh clean up on that backup drive.

    The problem I have is that I can not empty any of these folders from trash, everything else is removed OK however not the folders from backup.

    Is there a way to force delete from trash ?

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    You should avoid removing files from a TM backup manually. TM removes old files automatically and doing so yourself risks corrupting the backup. Just a tip for the future.

    Files in the trash that were originally on an external drive can only be removed when that drive is plugged in.
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    Many Thanks vansmit, for the useful information.

    I notice the folders disappear when the backup drive is unplugged, and reappear when connected, however will not let me delete on connection. the folders are not present on the b-up drive which are 2012
    only files for 2013 are displayed there, so I can not find them to erase them. any thoughts please

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    Yes, that's right. As Vansmith says, the Trash "belongs" to the Ext HD and so appears when it is mounted and disappears when it is not.

    There are a few things you could try with the Ext HD mounted.
    Firstly, you could reboot and see if that works.
    Next you could Go into Finder>Preferences>Advanced and check the "Empty Trash Securely" and the try to delete.
    Finally, you could download the free App called OnyX. Beware: OnyX is different for all versions of OS X (SL, Lion, ML) so download the version that goes with your OS.

    When you open OnyX, it will ask for your admin PW, scan your HD and then give you a menu bar with numerous options. Choose "Cleaning" and then "Trash" and then "Execute". That should do the trick.

    Ian

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    Hi Ian

    OnyX was the app that did clear the basket for me I am most grateful to you for your help, and if you are ever in the west of Ireland I can offer you a free B&B and a free game of Golf on a champion course...... Colin

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    I'm so glad it worked out for you. It is what the Forums are all about.

    As a Scot, golf is in the genes; but at my age travel and so on are more an aspiration than a reality!

    Good fortune.

    Ian

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    OK Ian Thanks anyway, I am 73 and not sure how long I can play, I can here you say 280 yards? we live in hope, mind you these new drivers?.

    Good luck

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