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    Can't empty the TRASH CAN?
    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.
    Thanks.
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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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    no luck
    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.

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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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