OS X :: How To Delete Individual File / Folder Permanently

Apr 18, 2009

I ripped a few movies from my personal DVD collection onto my MBP to watch on the road during a recent business trip. When I got home, I went to delete them by putting them in the trash. It worked, or so I thought. The folders containing the movie disappeared from my desktop, but the 6 or 7 gigs of space that they took up were still on my HD (I have the status readout below my HD icon on my desktop and it was unchanged after I trashed the movie). After some research I learned that trashing the file doesn't actually take it off the HD, that I'd have to empty my trash bin to get rid of it permanently. But like many of you, I don't want to completely empty my trash. Is there a way to permanently get rid of individual files/folders? I saw a few ideas. I saw a program called permanent eraser. I also saw where someone suggested using Terminal and some rf commands.

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In Gmail, I cannot permanently delete Sent mail, it just comes back.

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OS X :: Change File / Folder Icon Permanently

Oct 21, 2010

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Problem here is I'm hoping the custom icon can stick permanently and be seen on any removable media (CD/DVD/HDD) and viewable on a PC. I'm hoping there's a way to do so, so that I can put a representing image cover to the folders I burned for my projects. this way my lecturers can easily get an overview of the content inside each folder. And I'm not sure if these lecturers uses a mac on windows...so it'll be great if that icon is readable on both. I found out that on a fat32 external hdd, I can change the icon to the files in there, but not to a NTFS formatted hdd. Any way to work around for NTFS?

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MacBook :: Delete A Group Of Old Emails Without Having To Delete Each Individual One?

Jun 22, 2012

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OS X :: Cannot Delete File Or Folder

Jan 27, 2010

I had an image saved to my desktop, so in order to clean things up I created a new folder on my desktop and copied the image to that folder, however when I went to delete the image it asked for my password which I provided, I got the audio notification that it was deleted but the file remained on my desktop. I then tried to delete the folder and received the same password prompt, then the audio trash notification but the folder remained. How do I delete these?

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Mar 29, 2010

How can I permanently remove the Photoshop Updater folder from the Documents folder, and then re-locate it to a more appropriate folder, like the Library folder?

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OS X Mavericks :: How To Delete A File From Invisible Library Folder On Backup

Dec 5, 2014

Somehow, when installing RealPlayer I managed to get something called RealNetwork (a Folder full of files) installed in my User Library. It was 395.62 GB so must have been some sort of malware. I was able to find it and delete it from my hard drive. BUT I had backed up my hard drive to a non-bootable backup the day before so that file is still in the invisible Library folder on that drive, taking up almost 400 GB there, too.  

How to delete it from the backup drive since I can't boot that drive? 

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Jan 23, 2009

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Jan 1, 2007

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OS X Yosemite :: How To Delete Individual Time Machine Backups Using Finder

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I recent fount necessary to do a complete install and restore.  As I was having trouble with system performance, I chose to restore Applications from Time Machine and set the system parameters manually.  In the process, I wound up with some very large (50 Gbytes) on my Desktop.  I neglected to turn off time Machine backup while doing the restoration and wound up with several big(!) files in the back ups taken during the restoration.  There is nothing useful on the backups taken during the restoration and they have really filled  up my backup disk.  Looking at the structure of the backup disk, it seems you could just delete the backups after I started to restore things.  Are there other considerations?  Are there hidden tables laying around that might become unsynchronized?

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Feb 19, 2009

I'm a recent mac converter. Hope someone can help me out.

Now in XP I was able to remove certain files from the trash bin. I never actually emptied the entire trash bin, but once in a while would delete the oldest files from the trash bin and keep the new ones.

Is this possible in OS X? I was only able to empty the entire trash bin, but not certain parts of it.

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OS X :: Skip Trash Bin And Delete Permanently

Aug 16, 2010

I recently reset the boot thingy, (with shift-control-r-p) and repaired disk permissions. now if I delete something it will ask "are you sure you want to delete XXX, this item will be deleted immediately, you cant undo this action"

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Feb 26, 2012

I am in some sort of weird loop and cannot actually delete songs I purchased from the iTunes store. 

1. I purchased the song on my iPhone

2. It automatically got downloaded to my iTunes on my Mac

3. I decided I don't want the song - I hit delete - it asks me to confirm if I want to delete from iCloud as well - I say yes - it asks me if I want to move the file to the trash - I say yes - and it temporarily disappears

4. Next time I sync my phone, it shows up again. No way to delete it directly from phone. 

What's strange is shouldn't it delete it on my phone since I'm deleting it from iTunes before I sync?

I am scared to buy new songs now as I don't want to be stuck with them forever in case I don't like them..

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MacBook Pro :: How To Permanently Delete Mail

Mar 14, 2012

I have a MacBook Pro with OS X.... I use Mail for my emails. how to perminantly the delete the email in my trash and computer.  I keep trying to empty the trash, but, it keeps showing back up.

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May 26, 2012

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May 30, 2012

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Jun 14, 2012

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Jun 29, 2012

I just updated to iCloud/Lion and now I can't permanently delete any of my me.com messages.  This only happens in the iCloud mailbox.  I can permanently delete messages from all of my other email accounts.  I will delete a message in the iCloud mailbox and when I go to my inbox, the message is back. I checked my preferences and I have "Move deleted message to the Trash mailbox" selected and "Store deleted messages on the server" not selected. 

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MacBook Air :: How To Delete Private Data Permanently

Sep 28, 2009

I need to return company Macbook Air and I want to be sure all my private data are permanently deleted and unrecoverable. I know it is not enough to simply delete them, so please, can someone suggest a more secure way? Should I format my Air and if so, how can I do it?

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Apr 3, 2012

I've downloaded 100 Apps since getting my iPhone.Of which, only 70 I've enabled to be sync'd to my iPhone. If updates are available for the other 30, iTunes downloads them even though I am not sync'ing them to my iPhone. Is there a way to permanently delete these unwanted Apps from my iTunes so that I am not spending time getting updates to Apps I am no longer intersted in?

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Permanently Delete A Guest Account?

Apr 16, 2012

For some reason the minus sign is greyed out to delete account.

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MacBook Pro :: Permanently Delete Photo In Iphoto?

May 25, 2012

I have to get a pic off of my computer and out of my cloud --- permanently (old pic of an ex - haha). I selected the photo and a yellow outline of the photo appeared.  I clicked DELETE and it disappeared from my iPhoto library.  But when I was streaming photos to my tv over Apple TV the picture came up - even though I deleted it.

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OS X Mavericks :: How To Permanently Delete A Contact From IMessage

Jun 4, 2014

I have an Iphone and Mac Air, using the same account on both. I have deleted a contact from my list however whenever I type in the name in the 'TO' line of Imessage on Mac is there altough is deleted from the contacts from both Iphone and Mac. the contact has not been used recently. Last time when I texted it was 4 months ago

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