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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Can't Delete Video Files from my Macbook Pro hard drive

My Macbook Pro hard drive is full. I have attempted to delete video files from All My Files but they won't delete. I also found that several files with just audio from many of my videos are also ...
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Unable to delete a file

I have a file on my system named "2011.09.08įU0.G80.Šsl" that I'm unable to delete. Here are the different steps I've tried, but haven't had any success with yet: sudo rm file - Results in "No such ...
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Delete default folders: Documents, Public, etc — permanently?

I do not use the folders ~/{Downloads, Documents, Public} and so I remove them. But some Mac OS X process keeps recreating them. How can I disable the creation of these folders permanently? What ...
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How can I wipe an encrypted volume when the password is forgotten?

I have encrypted disk volume that is in the way and the passphrase is gone. How can I erase the contents and reuse the disk space?
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Itunes doesn't want to dispose played podcasts

I have a Podcast settings: ‚Keep all unplayed episodes‘ but Itunes doesn't want to dispose those played ones. There are only 9 new unplayed episodes and 19 fully played episodes are fully to ...
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Delete all pictures in an album from library in Aperture

I have created smart albums, the content of which I have exported to new libraries. I now wish to delete the pictures in these albums from the Aperture library. Is there a way to delete all pictures ...
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Shift + Delete (Permanent Deletion Of File/Folder): Mac Equivalent [duplicate]

In Windows permanently deleting a file or folder without sending it to the recycle bin, is achieved by selecting that file or folder in Desktop or Windows explorer and then depressing the keyboard ...
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Is there a way to delete something off your computer but not your itunes account?

Memory on my computer is running low. Is there a way to remove stuff from my iTunes account (like delete them from my computer) and still have them on my account (not delete them off my account) so ...
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Delete songs manually on ipod Touch (without the help of iTunes)

Is it possible to delete songs manually on an iPod Touch (without the help of iTunes) as it is possible for podcasts and videocasts?
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Delete a TextEdit document in iCloud

I would like to delete a TextEdit document stored in iCould. The only solution I found was to open the document move the document to the hard disk "File → Move To ..." delete it locally Any ...
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Cannot delete iTunes U from iPod classic

Device: iPod classic, 160GB // iPod software: 1.12 // iTunes version: 11.0.3 I have a substantial number of iTunes U files on my iPod classic, taking up an enormous amount of space. I am unable to ...
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Is there any way to view the names of files from before iTunes renamed them?

So here's my sad story guys. I'm a songwriter and I have a ton of audio files on my computer. I spent the last week or so going through them all (some were in iTunes, some were scattered across the ...
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How to delete iTunes once and for all from the command-line?

I'd like to delete iTunes and never ever have it make it again in my OS X system. On a fresh install of OS X 10.6.8 I had iTunes 10 and noticed that on the first "Software update" OS X wants to ...
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Deleting completed reminders

Over time I end up with a lot of completed reminders, and I haven't found an easy way to delete them out. Right now I have to go into each reminder and delete it - something that is particularly ...
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Can I safely delete from my iphone photos shared by friends?

I would like to free some space on my iPhone 4S by deleting my local copies of photos from a friend's photo stream. Can I do that without affecting my friend's originals and without signing out from ...
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Removing personal data from OSX without deleting user or reinstalling OS

I will be returning my work machine to my employer soon and I would like to leave little or no personal trace on the machine. I am not able to create a new user, delete my user, access the ...
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USB Drives always need to be formatted to delete items

I have a MacBook Air running Lion. Issue is I cannot delete things from USB sticks. The icons disappear but if I try to copy something on I get a not enough space error message. I can format the ...
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Item “is in use by another application”. How can I find out which one?

In Finder the file VirtualBox_Uninstall.tool is greyed out. I want to delete this file, but I'm prompted by a message that the file is currently in use: Currently, I have no clue what is the ...
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Two older Macs (G3 / Intel) need their drives erased. No install discs

I have two older Macs in which I want to erase the hard drive. Secure-erase is a plus, but not a show-stopper at this point. I don't have any Mac OS X discs so I can't use disc utility. What I'd ...
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How to get list of played pdocasts in Itunes so that I select which to delete?

In iTunes, I want to be able to pull up a list of played podcasts from time to time and select some for deletion. I don't want to auto-delete podcasts marked as played as a) I share the library with ...
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How do I wipe my MBP drive to default?

My MacBook Pro fell and is kinda cracked so since I have warranty from BestBuy, I want to do a complete wipe of the HDD and essentially restore it like it was brand new before I return it. (They’ll ...
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Is it normal for it to take hours to delete a Time Capsule “sparsebundle”

I'm trying to make room on my time capsule to make backups (it currently tells me it's full). I got help in this question with how to delete individual backups, but it didn't solve the problem. ...
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Recover Folder from xcode project

I feel sick... I just accidently deleted the www folder of my phonegap app in xcode 4.2. It's not in finder or trash. From what I read, its actually deleted. I have tested on my ipad. How can I ...
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In what ways can I separately manage entries in Contacts.app and SIM card contacts?

I have some basic questions in my mind and ofcourse, I should ask them to know the things. Can I import/export contacts from/to sim card? Is it possible to view the contacts that are stored in ...
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Files on desktop un-deleteable, say “No Items selected” when previewed

I have some image files that mysteriously showed up on the desktop. When I go to move them, they show a copy (+) icon and they are unable to be deleted. When I select either one and press space bar to ...
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iTunes “Apps” section - clarification

See the following image.. This is the view that is shown under the "Apps" tab, when I connect my iPhone with iTunes. From my understanding, Point 1, "Synced Apps" option provides the ...
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How can I have a fixed size wastpaper basket? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there a way to limit the size of the Trash? I'd like to have a way to auto-deleted item in the basket, based upon the time they come in (oldest to be deleted ...
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How to delete all NSLog's & comments from my Xcode application?

Is there anyway to delete the NSLog lines from the app by any trick/tool? I usually use NSLog's in each & every method to understand the flow of control & to know about the values of the app's ...
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What is safe to delete in order for system to work properly?

I'm looking for anything that can be deleted and that don't required by system to work properly. So far I'm delete DVD Player.app, Chess.app, Photo Booth.app, Stickies.app, Dashboard, Launchpad.app ...
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How do I remove what appears to be malicious cached javascript?

I was recently using someone else's iMac and came across some rather strange behaviour. Searches (from google and yahoo at least, I didn't test other search engines) were being redirected. After ...
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Issue with deleting a Mac account through system preferences

I have a desktop mac with multiple users and I would like to erase just one user from the computer but when I open system preferences and click on the accounts area, the minus sign to delete the ...
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cannot delete application on Lion

I cannot delete remove applications on Lion. When I delete some application in launchpad it disappear and reappear. Situations are quite the same as in this clip( ...
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How do I delete a locked, invisible file in the Trash?

On an external disk (that contains a clone), the /.Trashes/501/Users/myusername/Desktop folder contains (within some subfolders) a locked invisible file that I cannot delete. The whole folder starting ...
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Deleting a file from inside Lion’s Preview.app

In Snow Leopard it was possible to delete (i.e. move to Trash) a file directly from inside Preview.app using the cmd + backspace combination. (The same combination which is used in Finder.) This was ...
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Securely erase deleted files?

I was wondering if it's possible to make sure that some files I've deleted in the past on my mac are really gone? I know about the option in Finder (Finder -> Secure Empty Trash...), but what if I ...
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Unable to delete a file/folder

I've got a pretty scary problem. Yesterday I wanted to empty the trash but somewhere in the process it just hung up. I rebooted a few times and tried it again and again but with no result. I then ...
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“Install Xcode.app” won't uninstall from my Mac

I downloaded the new Xcode 4.2 update yesterday and installed it. The installer shows up in Launchpad as an app, see screenshot below. When I hold the mouse button and click the 'X' to delete, ...
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Deleting a podcast on iPod. What will happen the next time I sync?

If I out for a while and if I need some free space on my iPod, I can manually delete some videos (iTunesU) or some podcasts. Fine. But what will happen the next time I sync ? Will those deleted ...
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Complete Deletion of an App on iPad

I have downloaded a game on my iPad (hopefully free), played for a while. Then, after several days, the app crashed. The current situation is that this app starts, but during initial loading, it ...
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How do I delete an app purchased through the Mac App Store?

I notice that apps downloaded through the Mac App Store are placed in the /Applications folder on my Mac. Is there any special procedure to delete them, or can I just drag them to the trash like I can ...
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Delete songs from iPhone but keep in iPod

I want to delete songs from iPhone but keep in iPod in iTunes. when uncheck songs from library, this erase from both devices. Is there a way to remove all the songs just from iPhone?
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How to delete protected folder?

I'm using external NTFS HDD via Tuxera-NTFS.Suddenly some of my folders turn to be protected (I don't now how it has happen): I'm trying to delete such folders but still without any luck. I've ...
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Is it possible to redefine the keyboard shortcut for deleting files to [delete] loosing the [command]?

Is it possible to redefine the keyboard shortcut for deleting files to delete loosing the command ? How?
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Automatically delete a folder daily

Is there a way to automatically have a folder deleted every day at 4am? I'm running 10.6.7.