Thread: Can't empty trash
02-11-2010, 07:06 PM #1Can't empty trash
I was moving some files from an old OS X harddrive pulled from a G3 ibook and i put some of the files in the trash. Now there is a folder labeled "documents" than i can remove. It stays there when I empty.
If I right-click on it, it's not locked and it says I can read and write. When I right-click on it, I can't put it back or remove/restore it.
I've also tried
sudo rm -rf .Trash
It's still there. Ideas?
02-11-2010, 07:08 PM #2
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Try mounting the old drive and then emptying the trash while it is still mounted.
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02-11-2010, 07:10 PM #3
Have you tried "Secure Empty Trash" in the Finder menu? iPad Air 2 - iOS 9.3
iPhone 6 64GB - iOS 9.3
Mac mini early 2009 - OS X El Capitan 10.11.4
MacBook unibody/white late 2009 - OS X El Capitan 10.11.4
02-11-2010, 07:11 PM #4
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02-11-2010, 07:13 PM #5
When I try secure empty trash I get:
"The Finder canít complete the operation because some data in ďdocumentsĒ canít be read or written.
(Error code -36)"
There is nothing in the folder and the old drive has been erased.
02-11-2010, 07:15 PM #6
02-11-2010, 07:18 PM #7
02-11-2010, 07:33 PM #8
Repaired permissions and rebooted. I was able to empty after that.
Thanks for your ideas. I wasn't aware that there was even a secure erase.
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