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Can't empty the TRASH CAN?


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Hello

I have been having this issue for a couple weeks now. I can't empty this one file from the trash can. I can actually drag and drop it on to the desktop and it removes itself temporarily. But returns shortly there after. I've included a screen capture of this odd file... Can anyone help?

I've tried a couple of programs to force the trash, but still doesn't work (Ice Clean).

Any ideas? Any one see this type of file before?

Lemme know.
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Might I add... Look at the date of the file????
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You have a windows install via bootcamp don't you?

Boot into windows and empty the trash.

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No. No, Bootcamp/Windows installed on any of my Macs.
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external hard drive or flash drive?

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I'm a photographer. Is it possible that one of my MANY flash cards or SD cards still hasn't been emptied of its trash?
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I have 3 external drives. One is MYBOOK - 500GB that is USB and probably made more for a PC. But works fine.
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I do have a few flash drives too. Is there something I can do to check out if they are the issue?
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Here's what I've seen. I've seen these kinds of oddball files happen when the files are deleted on a windows machine, but the recycling bin never emptied. Then it becomes difficult to empty the trash on a mac. If this is the case, popping the drive into a windows machine and emptying the trash (or deleting the file) is generally the easiest choice.

Now, you can also do something like this in terminal...


find .Trash/ -mtime +5 -exec rm -f {} ';'

This will find any files over 5 days old in .Trash and remove them.

If it keeps coming back, it sounds like something on an attached drive

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Yeah, no luck in Terminal. I just copied and pasted what you wrote down...

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still shows in trash? Because it will return with nothing

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I think it may have something to do with this drive being MS-DOS (Fat32) formatted?
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could be something ON that drive. If you eject the drive does the file still show in the trash?

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Perhaps the file in question is "being held" by some process...

Here's a free app that can tell you if its being held.

Agathezol’s Support » What’s Open
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BINGO.

When I eject that drive, the odd file disappears. When I turn it back on, the file reappears in the trash... What do I do next?

THANKS FOR YOUR HELP SO FAR!
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