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    Can'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?

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    Try mounting the old drive and then emptying the trash while it is still mounted.

    Hope this helps
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    Have you tried "Secure Empty Trash" in the Finder menu?
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Col.Bojank View Post
    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.
    Go with clayneals post. That might do the trick, especially if Secure Empty Trash didn't work.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chris H. View Post
    Go with clayneals post. That might do the trick, especially if Secure Empty Trash didn't work.
    Like I said earlier, that drive has been erased. I'll try anyway.

    Edit: That didn't work either.

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    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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