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    Can't delete Files on iMac?
    I transferred some files from a Windows PC, but now I can't delete them.

    I move them to trash and I hear the sound, but when I open Trash they are not there; they are still in the original location.

    Can anyone help me?

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    How did you transfer the files from the Win PC? If you used LAN, you will need to leave the Win machine hooked in to successfully delete the files.

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    You can't empty the Trash or move a file to the Trash in Mac OS X

    Try this link for Trash assistance. If the files were on a memory stick or similar, it may just require the Option key if the files are locked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by davedave View Post
    You can't empty the Trash or move a file to the Trash in Mac OS X

    Try this link for Trash assistance. If the files were on a memory stick or similar, it may just require the Option key if the files are locked.
    Yes the files were transferred using either a USB drive or a WD external hard drive. I can't remember which one.

    I did check if the files were locked and no they are not.

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    Hi! I have the same problem whit a file, but I make it, I hold down OPTION when I empty the Trash, and the file gone for me :-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by davedave View Post
    You can't empty the Trash or move a file to the Trash in Mac OS X

    Try this link for Trash assistance. If the files were on a memory stick or similar, it may just require the Option key if the files are locked.
    Did you check out this link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davedave View Post
    Did you check out this link?
    Sorry, I did, but still no luck.

    I ended up moving the entire folder and copying the pictures I wanted to keep to another folder from trash.

    Than, I held the option button down while hitting the delete button. It worked.

    Thanks guys!

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    Same problem
    Bummer, same problem here ->

    Moved "My Pictures" from WinXP into Corsair Voyager 4GB. Now I'm in Leopard w/ the flash drive plugged in, can't delete the folder w/ an admin acct:
    sudo rm -rf [folder]

    Permission level is fine (777), so I'm feeling pretty dumb now. I'm going to boot into Windows to trash the folder now, although I wish I could've done it somehow in OS X.

    If anybody has encountered the same kind of problem please post here, thanks.

    Shawn

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