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    Question I am trying to empty my trash but can't
    I get this message


    The operation canít be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code -8003).


    Any ideas gents?
    A new MacBook Pro user as of oct 09 and loving it!! Sorry for the stupid questions i am asking as i know you will have been asked them a million times before

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    So, you've tried to empty while holding down the Option key?

    Someone will come along with the proper Terminal command soon...

    Kill all Trash, with a ~ in there somewhere ??

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    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    So, you've tried to empty while holding down the Option key?

    Someone will come along with the proper Terminal command soon...

    Kill all Trash, with a ~ in there somewhere ??


    Just tried that and got the same error
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    I got that same error not 20 mins ago, just restarted the computer and it worked.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Printerman View Post
    I got that same error not 20 mins ago, just restarted the computer and it worked.

    Cheers. I'll try that later...........
    A new MacBook Pro user as of oct 09 and loving it!! Sorry for the stupid questions i am asking as i know you will have been asked them a million times before

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    Quote Originally Posted by Printerman View Post


    Sometimes even Macs just need a good reboot.

    That didn't work either. I have it set so i always securely empty the trash
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    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    So, you've tried to empty while holding down the Option key?

    Someone will come along with the proper Terminal command soon...

    Kill all Trash, with a ~ in there somewhere ??
    Sure will.

    The trash is actually just a folder in your home directory called .Trash. The dot in front hides the folder so that you don't actually see it. Let's try removing files with a bash command (Terminal). Open up Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/) and execute the following (type each and press enter):
    Code:
    cd .Trash/
    This will move you into the .Trash folder (much like double-clicking on a folder in Finder). Now, execute the following:
    Code:
    ls
    This will list all the files in the folder which should be familiar to you (this is the contents of your Trash). Now, to remove the files, execute the following:
    Code:
    rm -rf *
    This will remove the files in that directory, do it recursively (through all the folders) and will force it if there are permission issues.

    You don't need to securely empty the trash unless you always delete sensitive information. It takes much longer and like I just mentioned, is only really needed if you want there to be no chance of recovery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vansmith View Post
    Sure will.

    The trash is actually just a folder in your home directory called .Trash. The dot in front hides the folder so that you don't actually see it. Let's try removing files with a bash command (Terminal). Open up Terminal (/Applications/Utilities/) and execute the following (type each and press enter):
    Code:
    cd .Trash/
    This will move you into the .Trash folder (much like double-clicking on a folder in Finder). Now, execute the following:
    Code:
    ls
    This will list all the files in the folder which should be familiar to you (this is the contents of your Trash). Now, to remove the files, execute the following:
    Code:
    rm -rf *
    This will remove the files in that directory, do it recursively (through all the folders) and will force it if there are permission issues.

    You don't need to securely empty the trash unless you always delete sensitive information. It takes much longer and like I just mentioned, is only really needed if you want there to be no chance of recovery.

    Thanks a lot mate. But that all went right over my head.

    I did get the Terminal Bash to appear in my doc and did click on new command and typed in cd.Trash but nothing happened, i just got a small window up with my name in it

    Iam an idiot with computers so sorry
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    Copy and paste what I provided. Copy one command, press enter, copy the second, press enter and so on. A window should come up and this is where you should be entering the commands.
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