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    locked item in trash

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    locked item in trash
    i deleted some stuff off of an external drive and apparently it was locked but its stuck in my trash can how do I delete it permanently?

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    locked item in trash
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    The files in the trash might be read only or you may have deleted them from an external drive that was formatted to NTFS.

    If you're sure the files are to be deleted, download "Force Empty Trash" a small free program which will force delete them.

    Link

    Regards.

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    locked item in trash

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    it didnt work, all it is is basically a bunch of empty folders now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsmeShane View Post
    it didnt work, all it is is basically a bunch of empty folders now.
    OK. You'll need to log on to the system as ROOT and do the same thing. Follow Apple's directions. Link

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    Do a "get info" on the folders, and uncheck the "Locked" checkbox. Then empty the trash.

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    Press the following keys to delete trash that contains locked files or folders:
    Command Option Shift Delete

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