the destruction of a document, or file. Often, on the most common operating system, the file is compressed, and moved to a folder - dubbed "Trash" on OSX. The file must then be permanently deleted, before all remnants of the file are truly destroyed.

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Remove hidden iCloud folder from Time Machine backups

Problem: Inspecting my Time Machine backups using BackupLoupe, I found that a hidden folder in iCloud drive is taking up a lot of my backup space. I don't want to backup this specific hidden folder, ...
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Deleted account still being detected (OS X El Capitan)

I recently got a Macbook and easily set up my user account (admin), plus a standard and guest account. One day, I opened the computer and the screen was frozen. After waiting a few mins, I ...
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Deleting music from iTunes Match and not library

I would like to know if there is a way to only delete music from Match while leaving the songs in my library. I know this was possible before Apple Music but not sure it is now. Thanks.
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Finally delete or “unpurchase” Items in iTunes

With family sharing I wonder, if there is a way to finally delete an app or book, purchased via iTunes. It would not be fun to have other see one or another book or app I have tried out a few years ...
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consequences of `sudo rm` apps that shipped with the OS (like Photos, Messages, Mail) [duplicate]

I've got numerous OSes installed on my Macintosh laptop for certain reasons. So I'd like to be as lightweight in my OS X as possible. What are the consequences of sudo rm -rf'ing the following ...
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Automatically deleting files that contain a specific content

I would like to make use of the command that looks for a specific phrase in a file: grep -lr "text to find" * provided here and delete all of the found files. How can I generate the relevant ...
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How to delete a list of files and folder generated via find in terminal?

I'm generating a list of files and folder that meet certain criteria with use of a command: find ~/ -iname "whatIwantToRemove" The command will generate some results: ...
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How to remove app which is greyed out, can't be deleted, won't open and doesn't appear in apps list?

I have this app with a greyed out icon which I'm trying to delete. I tap and hold, and it asks me if I want to delete it and its data. I confirm and nothing happens. I try to open it and nothing ...
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Photos disappeared from Photos app on all devices without deleting them.

Recently went travelling and due to full storage on iPhone was uploading frequently to MacBook. The issue that has been discussed a lot where photos couldn't be deleted from the iPhone without ...
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Uploading photos to Icloud and deleting on the Computer

I started to upload my photos from Macbook to Icloud in hopes that I could delete from the Macbook to free up some space. Then I find that if I delete from Macbook, they delete from Icloud. What is ...
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Undeletable directory with several subdirectories

I have noticed a folder on / called "Previous System". After checking that it did not have anything I need, I moved it to the trash. However, when emptying the trash, I get a "file in use" error. ...
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New MacBook had user accounts already; I deleted admin and can't get back in

So when I get this new machine...there is already a user on it called "mac"...for my convenience they said. There is also another user already there named "admin" well..i'm new to apple but when it's ...
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I accidentally removed all files with “rm -rf *”. How can I recover?

I accidentially deleted every single file in my home folder of my Mac using rm -rf * in iTerms. I intended just to clear one folder, but clearly did not know what I was doing. Yes feel free to laugh, ...
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Disk space not freed after deleting files, unable to save things, unable to delete things, unable to update things

Recently my Macbook Air has been saying "The disk you are attempting to use is full. Removing files and emptying the Trash will free up additional space." I have deleted everything in the trash, ...
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iPad Mini 3 - Removing standard built-in apps

How can I remove the built-in music app from my iPad, or at least remove the icon. My daughter uses the iPad and I don't want her to have access to some of the music and radio stations.
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Delete all music from iPhone [duplicate]

How do I delete all music from an iPhone 5? It got loaded from my computer without me checking the box. I tried to follow the directions from one search result with no success.
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Is it safe to remove chess.app

I was cleaning my MBP out the other day and found chess.app in my /applications folder. I tried deleting it and Yosemite gave me this error: Is this safe to delete? I was able to delete the DVD ...
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What is the difference between a reset and delete

I have a problem with my iPod nano which plays a track initially and later skips to the next track. I tried the same track in itunes v12 and it plays with ease. I had asked for this here for which I ...
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How do I check where the file in .Trash was removed from?

I've some files appearing in Trash folder. How do I check from where they were removed? I've Tried 'Get Info', but it doesn't tell me from where it was removed. The only option I've is 'Put Back', ...
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how to check if it is safe to delete iNode file (or how to inspect its contents)?

How do I check if it is safe to delete the following file? $ cd /lost+found/ $ file iNode44670523 iNode46670523: xar archive -version 1 Note: the date of the file indicates it is about 1 year old. ...
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Can Mac system updates recover accidentally deleted kernel files?

We commonly know that system updates will fix the kernel defects that have been discovered or not previously disclosed, to make the OS more secure. However, what if I accidentally deleted some kernel ...
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Cannot drag an app from Launchpad to trash

I recently had an app called ZipCloud appear in my Launchpad applications - overtime I drag it to trash, it simply goes back. How do I delete it? The page ...
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iphoto: deleting photos from iPhone doesn't work

Even if iPhoto tells me all the files are deleted, I can still find them on my iPhone under All Photos. There has to be a way to delete all pictures without separately selecting them on the small ...
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How to delete all emails from inbox in iPad 8.1.3?

How do you delete all inbox mail messages in iPad iOS 8.1.3? It doesn't support prior move tricks many have posted as a method since it is unresponsive to the Trash target mailbox if you use the 'move ...
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Uninstall Google Chrome won't work

I'm in a root Finder and trying to delete Google Chrome.app in another user's folder. I get the error message The item “Google Chrome” can’t be moved to the Trash because some of its plugins are ...
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Deleting photos from my IPad Air

I imported some random photos from my desktop computer to test the photo import option on my new IPad Air. These photos are visible when I click on My Photos on the main menu screen, along with photos ...
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Why does iTunes 12.1 keep deleting podcasts I've downloaded but not listened to?

I have had this happen many times in the past few months. I spend quite a bit of time downloading all the episodes of a podcast so I can listen to them in my own time. Then when I refresh my podcast ...
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Saving /private/tmp

Something on my Mac keeps deleting the /private/tmp directory. I first noticed this was happening as I was investigating high CPU usage. The Console was full of errors like the following: 1/10/15 ...
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Cannot trash old shared PC

There is an old shared connection that I had setup to a PC to transfer files from the PC to the Mac and I cannot get rid of it. Here is a shot of the message when I drag to the trash; control click ...
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I would like to delete some photos from my phone camera roll, that i have imported to my Mac, will they stay on my Mac?

I recently imported all my photos from my iPhone to my Mac. Now they are on both devices. I would like to delete some of them from my phone camera roll, but i want them to stay on my Mac. Will the ...
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I have deleted all photos from my iPhone 4s but phone usage and iTunes still show 16gb of photos

I had 25GB of photos on my 4s. I have deleted all of them, some via the photos app, and some via windows explorer. Unfortunately, phone usage and iTunes is still showing 16GB of photos. I backed up ...
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Can't delete old TimeMachine backup

In terminal, trying to do the following: $ sudo tmutil delete /Volumes/BACKUP/Backups.backupdb/lappy/2014-11-02-005458/ Deleting: /Volumes/BACKUP/Backups.backupdb/lappy/2014-11-02-005458 I get ...
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Easiest way to delete NON-Album photos from iphone camera roll

What is the easiest way to delete photos from Camera Roll that I haven't put in an album?
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How do I delete these movies from my iPhone 4?

I tried swiping it, but my movies for some reason show up vertical. So swiping, doesn't work. I can't seem to find a way to get it off my phone and it's taking up more then half of my storage! I need ...
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Delete a currently-open file directly in the application?

OS X's ability to rename or move a currently-open file right inside the application is really handy: To take it one step further, is there a trick to actually delete the current file inside the ...
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OSX Time Machine: deletion of backup folders

I saw this question and was hoping that someone could expand upon the chosen answer (which I understood): Can you sudo mv Time Machine backup files as sudo from the trash to their original ...
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Itunes Keeps deleting my podcasts

I like to download podcasts to my ipod to listen to them at work or at the gym. However, after I have listened to them, once I sync my ipod with my computer, it deletes the podcasts that I have played ...
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Time Machine deleting non-Time Machine files from disk?

I recently enabled time machine by adding an external drive as a location for Time Machine to back up to. However, before enabling Time Machine I took a few old files (totally about 500GB) which I ...
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How to securely delete individual files (documents) on the iPhone?

My understanding is that when files are deleted on a computer (and here, I am considering the iPhone a "computer"), those files are typically recoverable using forensic tools. I know there are easy ...
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Deleting iCloud contents locally

I haven't really ever intentionally used iCloud; however, upon browsing ~/Library/Mobile Documents, I noticed that I must have unintentionally saved several files to iCloud. Unfortunately, I can't ...
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iMessage sync with computer after deleting [duplicate]

If you send a text on your iphone and then immediately delete it while the synced Mac computer and ipad is off/not connected to Wifi, will the messages still appear in chat on the Mac when you connect ...
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Deleting All Photos from iCloud

I want to free up iCloud storage by deleting photos that are backed up elsewhere. How can I delete photos from iCloud without deleting them from my iPhone?
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Downloaded song can't be deleted off iPhone

Even when I delete the songs they just stay there and it can't be removed — it stays there and there a cloud beside it, that just re-downloads it. How can I delete the song?
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iPhone 4 Messages

I have an iPhone 4 and there is a new update for it but I have too little storage to download it, so I check my usage and it says that I have 3.9 GB of messages, I deleted all my messages but I still ...
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Accidentally deleted /usr/share directory… what can I do to fix it?

A botched terminal command left me without a /usr/share folder. Most things seem to be running ok (although I haven't restarted since, so it's not clear if I'd have errors on reboot). There are ...
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Delete TotalFinder Mavericks

since I updated to mavericks. I do not use totalFinder anymore. I deleted it first, but on every start i get this failure message. I already searched the developer site for help. But nothing ...
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“Directory not empty” sudo rm -r -i “file name” not working

I tried moving some backup files to my trash so that I could free up some space on the backup drive. Using Finder, I was able to empty the trash can with the exception of one directory that remains ...
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Mac App mysteriously remembers deleted settings

After evaluating several its demo version, I decided to buy Linkinus from the Mac App Store.¹ As I had played with the settings a bit, I wanted to do a clean reset before seriously using it. So I ...
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How to Permanently Delete Photos from iPhone

I have so many photos on the iPhone. And my iPhone's internal space is not enough now.
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Clearing data on a stolen iphone 5s when my phone has no network?

My phone has recently been stolen, I immediately went to my network provider and cancelled my network on the handset, I then found out I could remotely erase all data on the handset however it says ...