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david edri
how to permanently empty trash
on Dec 21, 2009 at 6:42:09 am

hi guys,
i'm trying to make more room on my imac and clear 76gb of space,but everytime i hit empty trash it makes the sound but the files are still there.
what should i do?
thanks
david


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Matthew Mullen
Re: how to permanently empty trash
on Dec 21, 2009 at 4:13:14 pm

Hold down the option key while emptying the trash.


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david edri
Re: how to permanently empty trash
on Dec 21, 2009 at 5:17:02 pm

thanks for the response-but it is still here
nothing seems to work


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Matthew Mullen
Re: how to permanently empty trash
on Dec 21, 2009 at 5:17:59 pm

Does it give you any dialogue when you try to empty the trash?

What is the file it won't delete?


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david edri
Re: how to permanently empty trash
on Dec 21, 2009 at 5:21:18 pm

there is about 75 gb in the trash. it is mixed from files and videos and installer packages from all sorts.
the only dialogue box is "are you sure...?" - you cannot undo this action"
and it makes the sound but the files are still there


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Matthew Mullen
Re: how to permanently empty trash
on Dec 21, 2009 at 5:29:49 pm

Are you an admin user?

If you are sure you want to delete everything you can try emptying the trash via the terminal.

Launch the terminal and type this command: rm -rf ~/.Trash/*

This should empty the trash.


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david edri
Re: how to permanently empty trash
on Dec 21, 2009 at 6:40:45 pm

hi,
it says "illegal action"


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Curtis Thompson
Re: how to permanently empty trash
on Dec 21, 2009 at 5:32:01 pm

hello...

[david edri] "there is about 75 gb in the trash."

you don't want to secure empty the trash when you have that amount. secure empty works by overwriting all sectors on the disk that contained the files in the trash numerous times with gibberish, so that you can't ever read the original info. doing that for that amount of trash would take an insanely long time, and it might not be working because you have so much in there...

try smaller chunks if you can and see how that goes. you can also select "secure empty trash" from the finder menu.

sitruc


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david edri
Re: how to permanently empty trash
on Dec 21, 2009 at 6:41:59 pm

hi,
thanks but nothing works
what should i do?
thanks
david


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Matthew Mullen
Re: how to permanently empty trash
on Dec 21, 2009 at 6:47:49 pm

Try repairing permissions using disk utility. Make sure you are and admin and reboot.

Does it allow you now?



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david edri
Re: how to permanently empty trash
on Dec 21, 2009 at 7:19:35 pm

it has repaired it and was completed successfully
but it does not disappear when i'm emptying it or securely emptying


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Matthew Mullen
Re: how to permanently empty trash
on Dec 21, 2009 at 7:26:17 pm

I'm not sure where to go from here.

You may want to check this article: http://www.osxfaq.com/Tutorials/LearningCenter/HowTo/Trash/page2.ws


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adolf witzeling
Re: how to permanently empty trash
on Dec 22, 2009 at 9:51:25 pm

Start up from an bootable cd. Then delete the trash. Should work, I have resolved a similar problem this way in the past.
hope that helps,
Adolf



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Pasi Koivisto
Re: how to permanently empty trash
on Dec 29, 2009 at 5:41:22 pm

If you're a admin user of that computer you can type this in the terminal but be very careful and make sure you don't make a typo since this command will use administrator privileges to delete everything if you're not careful.

sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/*

It will prompt you for your password.

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jack brosnan
Re: how to permanently empty trash
on Jan 5, 2010 at 9:40:09 am

thanks for the information...it'll really help me out...
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