Can't emtpy Trash

Joined
May 14, 2011
Messages
31
Reaction score
0
Points
6
Your Mac's Specs
iMac 27 in 2.7GHz intel Core i5 16 gb a 4S iPhone 16gb and 2 iPod Touch
I upgraded Snow Leopard to Maverick, and now can not empty trash. I have run OnyX several times, but when try to empty secure trash, I get the message....The operation can’t be completed because you don’t have permission to access some of the items. I am the only person on my Mac. I have the new version of OnyX Any suggestions would be welcome
 

vansmith

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
19,943
Reaction score
578
Points
113
Location
Queensland
Your Mac's Specs
Too many devices to list
Where are these files from? Were they from an external drive? Are they locked (is there a little padlock overlaying the icon)?
 

Rod


Joined
Jun 12, 2011
Messages
9,813
Reaction score
1,985
Points
113
Location
Melbourne, Australia and Ubud, Bali, Indonesia
Your Mac's Specs
2021 M1 MacBook Pro 14" macOS 14.5 Mid 2010MacBook 13" iPhone 13 Pro max, iPad 6, Apple Watch SE.
Try this site:
Force Empty Trash in Mac OS X When File is Locked or In Use | OSXDaily
but be very careful if you are using the Terminal command line. To avoid problems copy and past the commands from the site into the Terminal window don't try to type them, making a mistake could be disastrous. If you are unsure about this at all DON"T do it.
Just get back to this forum.
 
OP
G
Joined
May 14, 2011
Messages
31
Reaction score
0
Points
6
Your Mac's Specs
iMac 27 in 2.7GHz intel Core i5 16 gb a 4S iPhone 16gb and 2 iPod Touch
All the files that are in the trash, deal with my Epson printer. I downloaded drivers from the Epson site for my windows box. I then THOUGHT that I moved them to a thumb drive . When I looked in Finder last night I saw they were still on my drive. So I moved them to the trash. There are a few pictures from the printer that were scanned also. No file have a locked file on them.
 

vansmith

Senior Member
Joined
Oct 19, 2008
Messages
19,943
Reaction score
578
Points
113
Location
Queensland
Your Mac's Specs
Too many devices to list
Make sure the thumb drive is plugged in when you try to empty the trash. External discs need to be plugged in when emptying the trash if it includes content from the drives. This is because the trash serves as little more than symbolic representations of external content.
 
OP
G
Joined
May 14, 2011
Messages
31
Reaction score
0
Points
6
Your Mac's Specs
iMac 27 in 2.7GHz intel Core i5 16 gb a 4S iPhone 16gb and 2 iPod Touch
Make sure the thumb drive is plugged in when you try to empty the trash. External discs need to be plugged in when emptying the trash if it includes content from the drives. This is because the trash serves as little more than symbolic representations of external content.

On the right track here. I had forgotten that I left the thumb drive in when I tried to empty the trash. When taken out, the trash is emptied. BUT, when I put the drive back in, even though I had moved the drives content to the trash and it is empty, the files still show up in the trash bin.
 
OP
G
Joined
May 14, 2011
Messages
31
Reaction score
0
Points
6
Your Mac's Specs
iMac 27 in 2.7GHz intel Core i5 16 gb a 4S iPhone 16gb and 2 iPod Touch
Thanks all for the replies. Found I left thumb drive in. When I took it out, trash emptied
 
Joined
Feb 29, 2012
Messages
122
Reaction score
2
Points
18
Just clarifying what MacInWin said.

The Trash is showing the files to be emptied off every mounted volume on your Mac, including the Flash Drive.

If the Flash Drive is not mounted the files that are supposed to be deleted off it don't show in the Trash.

You appear to have some files on the Flash Drive that are flagged in use or locked. Holding down the option key as you choose delete should get rid of them. Failing that reformat the Flash Drive in Disk Utility.
 
OP
G
Joined
May 14, 2011
Messages
31
Reaction score
0
Points
6
Your Mac's Specs
iMac 27 in 2.7GHz intel Core i5 16 gb a 4S iPhone 16gb and 2 iPod Touch
And it will probably reappear when you plug the drive in again.


Yes it did, but after I download an exe. file on my Mac and transfer that info to a windows box, I USUALLY format it on the win box. But apparently this time I didn't. It is what happens when we get in a hurry eh?...THANKS ALL
 

Shop Amazon


Shop for your Apple, Mac, iPhone and other computer products on Amazon.
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon and affiliated sites.
Top