Mac Pro :: How To Empty Trash To Make More Room On Hard Drive

Aug 20, 2014

How do I empty Trash ?

MacBook Pro

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OS X :: Cannot Empty Trash (file On External Hard Drive)

Nov 9, 2008

I have a folder which I deleted from my external hard drive. Whenever I empty Trash, I get the insufficient privileges error. The folder is empty.

I've tried emptying the trash, securely emptying the trash and used these Unix commands in Terminal too:

rm -rf .Trashes
rm -rf [directory]
sudo rm -rf [directory]
rmdir [directory]

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OS X :: Trash Won't Empty Ehen Hard Drive Plugged In?

Jun 22, 2009

I've been thru a million google searches and forums and I can't find this problem anywhere. I put a folder with music in it in the trash (from a Lacie portable HDD) and didn't realise it was locked. Now I can't delete it as I don't have sufficient privileges. I can't change it in the folder get info view either and no matter whether I try put it on my desktop or back on the HDD it won't move or delete whats in the trash. I tried doing a terminal delete and dropping the folder into terminal but it says the directory doesn't exist? I'm thinking it stuck in the HDD which is why whenever its plugged in the folder is in the trash. I'm looking for a way around having to format my EHD

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OS X :: Empty Trash Doesn't Make Trash Sound Anymore In SL?

Sep 15, 2009

My 09 Mac Pro trash won't make the normal trash sound when emptying the trash in SL. Does anyone know if this is for all SL users or how I can turn it back on? I like hearing the sound and don't like the fact that I have a glitch if this is one.

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OS X :: How Unsecure Is Empty Trash Compared To Secure Empty Trash?

Aug 31, 2009

I moved a bunch of files to the trash can after installing Snow Leopard, mainly backup files from OmniFocus.

I clicked Secure Empty Trash and over 500,000 items began deleting. These 500,000+ items deleted at the rate of 2-3 items a second. This would total 138 hours equaling over 5 days to Secure Empty the trash.

This is just ridiculous in my option so I just did the "Empty Trash" feature, showing me only 350 items, which deleted quickly in under 5 minutes...

So far I know with Secure Empty Trash that the trash is securely layered with 0's & 1's....but wonder what happens with just "Empty Trash?"

How easily accessible is it for someone to retrieve something that i've deleted?

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OS X :: Secure Empty Trash Regain GB's But Not Empty Trash...?

Jan 13, 2010

I've noticed that when I "Secure Empty Trash" though it takes longer, I usually regain a lot of gigabytes back. Currently, as of this post i'm "secure emptying trash" and i've regained about 25GB's which sounds about right considering there was about that much worth of video recordings from my video camera I no longer needed.

In the past when I've just "deleted trash" i've seen different results. If I have say 10GB's in the trash and I just "empty trash" then i'll maybe gain back like a GB or 2. ...if anything.

So, my concern is...say currently with the 25GB amount of trash I have, If I decided to just "empty trash", I obviously would not have gained back all the 25GB's..., perhaps just a few, guessing something like 5GB.

Well, does that mean that those GB's that are emptied in the trash (not securely) are just lost forever?

..Or will I regain those GB's the next time around (say weeks later) I securely empty the trash with whatever happens to be in there (all new stuff in the trash)?

Am I making sense?

Kinda confusing to me cause I don't understand it. But I feel it's vital for me to get this and have the most amount of gigs available on my Mac now that i'm using about 30GB's per week filming stuff and editing it on iMovie.

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MacBook Pro :: Can't Use Empty Trash Or Secure Empty Trash?

Feb 16, 2012

I can't empty my trash ! i dont know why?

MacBook Pro (13-inch Mid 2009), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X Yosemite :: How To Empty Trash On WD External Drive

Dec 9, 2014

I have a large trash file---600 GB---on a WD external drive that I'd like to empty to recover space for backups. I don't know how to do it. I don't have a clue where to start? 

My understanding is that with the .Trashes folder selected in Finder, if I issue the empty trash command what gets emptied is the trash on my computer. How do I empty the .Trashes folder on the external drive? 

MacBook Air, OS X Yosemite (10.10)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Can't Empty Trash Can Containing Items From External Drive

Apr 24, 2012

I did a disk repair and verify disk on my external hard drive. When they were done, it created a folder called "lost+found". I deleted it and it went to the trash. Now I can't delete it. I tried the option key, using terminal and secure empty. None worked. When I unplug the external drive, the trash is empty. I connected to another mac and it appeared in the trash there and I still can't delete it. I also tired using disk utility to delete free space and that didn't work. I called apple and they stated to format the drive but I don't have enough storage anywhere else to copy the data.

Info:Mac mini, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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IMac :: OSX Boot Drive Corrupted - Trash Refuses To Empty?

Nov 9, 2010

1. I do occasional maintenance with onyx and have been getting a few startup disk errors in recent months. These seem to get repaired and the computer still functions as normal. I have never had these before in 8 years of using osx so they do worry me. Is the osx boot drive just a bit corrupted? Would a simple reinstall help or is the hd showing signs of failure?

2. The trash simply refuses to empty. The operation can�t be completed because you don�t have permission to access some of the items.

I've tried to bring the items back to the desktop and the folder they came from but they simply make a copy of them. I've tried the option key method and sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash + sudo rm -rf /Users/user_name/.Trash in the terminal but get no change

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OS X :: Whats The Difference Between Empty And Securely Empty The Trash?

Dec 27, 2008

I really have no idea what so ever. i just know that secure empty trash takes longer

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MacBook Pro :: Change Trash From Secure Empty To Just Empty?

Jun 30, 2012

How do I change trash from secure empty to just empty?

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MacBook Pro :: Word Programs Have Updates But Macbook Keeps Telling Me There's Not Enough Room On The Hard Drive?

Mar 26, 2012

Is this simply because I have too much data on the hard drive, or is there a solution/what is it??

MacBook Pro (15-inch Early 2011), Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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Software :: Can't Empty Or Secure Empty My Trash?

Jan 9, 2009

A few months ago I purchased a MacBook Air and I have 2 problems:

1. I cant empty or secure empty my trash. The stuff just stays there.

2. When downloading Mac OS X update I keep getting this message - The update �Mac OS X Update cant be saved

- Connection reset by peer. I made sure that my internet connection is working and that the power adapter was on.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Empty Trash May Not Delete Folders In Trash If Using Network Home Directory

Apr 23, 2012

I have two folders in my trash which I cannot empty. No matter how many times I try these folders will not go away. I have open the "info" link and marked them read and write without success.


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OS X Mavericks :: When Turn On Mac Trash Has Recovered Files / However Trash Was Empty Of Last Shut Down

Sep 8, 2014

when i turn on my mac trash has recovered files in there, however trash was empty of last shut down.

MacBook Pro with Retina display

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MacBook Pro :: Trash Doesn't Work - No Option To Empty Trash On Icon

Sep 7, 2014

My "Trash" is not working. when i delete any file it doesn't appear in TRASH. Empty Trash option goes disappear. How can i recover my TRASH ?

MacBoo Pro, iOS 7.1

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Trying To Empty The Trash The Finder Asks For System Password Then Empties The Trash Immediately?

May 17, 2012

OS 10.7.4 Trash does not work properly; when I empty the trash the finder asks for my system password then empties the trash immediately.

OS 10.7.4, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Make More Room On Startup Disc?

Jun 28, 2012

How do I make more room on my startup disc? I keep getting a warning that it's full.

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Desktops :: Cannot Empty Trash/trash Icon Show Full?

Oct 3, 2009

My 24" iMac (2.4 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, running OSX 10.6.1) crashed during a normal shutdown sequence and had to be closed down by holding in the power button. This resulted in three zero kB alias files with random names such as "." in the trash.

I cannot empty these files from the trash by any normal means and the trash icon permanently shows full. The files can be selected but cannot be dragged to the desktop or renamed. Other files put in the trash can be deleted normally.

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OS X V10.5 Leopard :: Error - You Can't Empty The Trash Or Move A File To The Trash

Apr 25, 2012

How can I retrieve downloaded apps, files, music, videos and documents that I put in the trash?

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6)

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Error - You Can't Empty The Trash Or Move A File To The Trash

Jul 5, 2012

You can't empty the Trash or move a file to the Trash?

MacBook Air, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X V10.5 Leopard :: Can't Empty The Trash Or Move A File To The Trash

Feb 2, 2012

Do most people who download QuickTime also downloads iTunes?

Windows 7

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Can't Empty Trash And Icon Never Indicates Files Are In Trash

May 1, 2012

Despite having several files in the trash, its icon never changes (always shows an empty trash) and the "Empty Trash" option is dimmed (that is, cannot be used). OnyX ws the only solution but it's temporary. What's the fix I should apply to Mac OS X?Also, why is it that every time I want to move a file to trash I must enter my password? It's annoying to say the least.Please help me as I don't want to go through the royal pains of installing everything again, Windows-style. I think Mac OS X should be better than that.

MacBook Pro (17-inch Late 2011), Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X V10.5 Leopard :: Can't Empty The Trash - Move A File To The Trash

May 28, 2012

I can't delete  anything in trash

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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OS X V10.5 Leopard :: How To Erase Old Backups To Make More Room On Time Machine

Jun 3, 2012

How do I erase old backups o make more room on Time Machine?

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OS X :: Preparing To Empty Trash But No Trash Emptying?

Apr 9, 2009

When I direct the G5 Leopard to "empty trash" I get a window saying "preparing to empty trash" and a counter that zooms upward, but no trash emptying. I ask myself "how difficult can this be?" But I guess the answer is 'too difficult for me."

What the heck am I doing wrong?

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OS X :: Time Machine Don't Delete Older Backups To Make Room For New Backup?

Dec 3, 2008

i have a macbook with an internal drive of which about 230gb if full and used.

I have a 250gb external which i have been using to back up with time machine, done it several times over a few months.

Now there is like 70gb left on the external, and when i try to back up, it says failed, not enough space on external.

But i thought when there is not enough space, it simply deletes and backs over older time machine backups.

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OS X :: Shouldn't Time Machine Automatically Delete Old Backups To Make Room For New Ones?

Jun 15, 2009

I keep getting the error saying that my backup will not fit in the backup volume, but shouldn't Time Machine automatically delete old backups to make room for new ones?

2.2 MBP 10.5.7 (120 GB internal HD)
120 GB External HD (USB)

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MacBook Pro :: Can't Apple Make Some Room To Put A Full Sized Keyboard On Their Notebooks

Sep 6, 2009

Maybe if they put the speakers on the display wouldn't they have more room to be able to put a full sized keyboard? Or would it make the display thicker?

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