A storage location for files that have been marked for deletion, but not yet removed from the filesystem.

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Where is trash in new Photos app?

iPhoto had it's own trash, and when you've emptied it, files moved to the system trash. I cannot find this in the new Photos app. When I delete files, they don't appear in the system trash.
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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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Can't move files to trash

Lately, my computer will not let me move my files to the trash. It doesn't give me an error or anything, it'll just give me the usual 'moving file to trash' message and it gets stuck right there. I ...
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How do you delete Dropbox from OS X Yosemite?

So this seems like an obvious one, but after some searching around the web and Dropbox's bad help section I've really come unstuck with this. I'm trying to delete the official Dropbox app from my ...
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Emptying trash, with file-in-use: Is there any difference between 'skip' and 'continue'?

If you delete a file, but it's still in use (e.g. a document still open), and then try to empty the trash you get something like this: As best I can tell the three options do the following: Skip: ...
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View trash sorted by date deleted

I was trying to organize and select all my old music from my previous computer and copied a folder with all my music files to my mac book desktop. Started deleting all the songs I didn't wanted and ...
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Emptying the trash failed with “can't copy” on Yosemite

While using empty stack securely under Yosemite, it halted with the message: You can't copy the item InfoPlist.strings because its name is too long or includes characters that are invalid on the ...
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Can't delete files from Trash

I'm trying to empty my trash, and it seems that I having some problem with encoding: MacKassner:501 kassner$ rm -Rf t/t/ rm: t/t//t: Directory not empty rm: t/t/: Directory not empty Ok then, let's ...
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Trashing .Trash and Emptying Trash

I don't want to sound stupid, but what happens if someone were to delete the .Trash folder using Finder and emptied it. I know it's possible unless there is something that just stops it from ...
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How do I sort/recover deleted items on Mac?

So I'm a DJ and I was going through my music files in Itunes when I made a bonehead mistake of deleting about half of my music library! Now I go to my Trash Bin in hopes of being able to recover those ...
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Should I delete the “Recovered Items” folder?

When I upgraded to Yosemite in October, it had some problems during the process, but after it finally installed, everything worked great. It still does, but I just need some more space for Guild Wars ...
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How to delete an individual text from a conversation

I have been having ongoing issues with deleting individual texts from a conversation ever since I installed IOS8. First, I couldn't get the trash can icon when I pressed MORE. I read that restarting ...
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When saving a document or editing a file name, with the focus on the string itself, why does CMD+Delete move the file or folder to the trash?

To be more specific, I am saving a file from my markdown editor. Within the save dialog box, I navigate to the folder I wish to save the file. I then decide to change the name of the file. I put my ...
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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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Yosemite won't empty trash

Re: Yosemite does not like emptying the trash So I'm not tech savvy but am having this very same problem with the trash after upgrading to Yosemite. I typed lsof +D ~/.Trash and this is what I got ...
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Yosemite does not like emptying the trash

I am on Yosemite (10.10.1) and I noticed the annoying habit of not wanting to empty the trash -- it keeps whining that The operation can’t be completed because the item “whatever” is in use. This is ...
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Invisible folder after usage of trash-cli

Recently, I decided to install trash-cli on my MacBook Pro after using it successfully on my Ubuntu machine. To set it up I ran the following commands. git clone ...
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How to erase Time Machine backups in trash?

I have a lot of backup data from TM (>800Gb) in my trash and I can't delete it. Trying everything what I find in "AskDifferent" & also this. It's too long - over 2 hours left and nothing! I can ...
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How to stop Mail.app from copying junk to Trash mailbox

In Mail.app (Yosemite version 10.10.1), when I mark a message as junk, Mail does two things: moves the message to my Junk mailbox copies the message to my Trash mailbox I do not want that second ...
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Why is emptying the trash so much slower than rm?

If there are a lot of files in the trash, sometimes the Finder will display a progress bar saying (for example) "Preparing to delete 62,736 files", then another progress bar for the actual deletion. ...
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What folders does the “all my files” finder view pull from?

A relative of mine managed to delete all of the files under "All my files." I am restoring from a recent time machine backup, but am trying to figure out which folders need to be restored. So far I ...
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Terminal directory delete issue

I don't really know what it is called but it was an issue for me. So here is what I was doing: Created Directory with content and have it open in finder Open a terminal and go to the same ...
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Deleted files from external HDD don't appears in trash

I just deleted from my external HDD some files, but now I cannot see them in the trash, so I can't really free space from my HDD and neither recover them. Do someone know why that happened? Where the ...
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How to setup Apple Mail so it truly removes email from Google?

After a lo-ho-hot of trial and error to get this to work properly I still was not able to find the sweet spot. The problem is simple. I am on OSX Yosemite and use the Mail.APP for my Google Apps for ...
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Folder cannot be deleted from Trash

I have three nested folders in my trash: folder1/folder2/folder3. They were on an external FAT32 drive but were deleted, along with all the files inside them, a while ago. When I try to empty the ...
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How to prevent iTunes from trashing older versions of apps on updates?

Recent versions of iTunes have incorporated a new behavior which is to automatically move any previous version of a mobile app to the trash when those apps are updated. As far as I can tell, there is ...
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Emptying the Trash with a large (80GB) file caused disk to be filled with “Other” usage - how can I recover this space?

Yesterday I deleted an ~80GB VMWare Fusion virtual machine on my hard disk (an inbuilt 256GB SSD.) It went to the Trash, and when I emptied the Trash the computer slowed almost to a halt showing a ...
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Retrieve data after deleting from Trash in OS X

I deleted some important data mistakenly from Trash but I need to retrieve it asap. Is there any way to retrieve it either in Terminal or manually?
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Mavericks does not delete Gmail emails

I use the built-in Mail.app client to fetch my Google Mail emails using IMAP. If I delete an email in any mailbox except trash using the delete button, Mail.app puts the email in the corresponding ...
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Date trash was last emptied bash

I'm trying to find out at what date and time the trash was last emptied. Would it be the date modified of the least recently modified file? Does moving it to the trash count as modifying it?
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What's the difference between “Empty Trash” and “Secure Empty Trash”

I suddenly notice an option called Secure Empty Trash. While Empty Trash is normally gotten by pressing Right Click on the Trash icon, for Secure Empty Trash, we have to only press Command button at ...
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How do I delete Time Machine backups of my Trash?

Time Machine (external hard drive) backed up some files in my Trash folder and I'd like them removed from my backup. I know how to normally remove backed up files from within Time Machine (right click ...
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How do I set the swipe function to “trash” rather than “archive” for my Gmail inbox in iOS 7?

I have two IMAP email accounts on my iPhone 5S running iOS7. With the iCloud account, I can perform an easy swipe left gesture and select "trash" for individual emails (see first image, black boxes ...
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With FileVault on, is secure trash emptying needed?

I'm running Mavericks and have FileVault set for the whole disk. Is there any value then, in emptying the Trash securely? Given the whole disk is encrypted. I'm not certain on how these two methods ...
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Recovering files deleted via sudo

I deleted some files via sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/* - unfortunately I accidentally moved a folder from the Desktop into there and can't seem to recover it. I only use this command now and then, when I ...
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Manually deleted backups on Time Capsule w/ Mavericks, but can't empty the trash - it keeps deleting then re-creating files

I followed the advice here on how to delete old backups on Time Capsule using Mavericks: How can I manually delete old backups to free space for Time Machine?. But when I then try to empty the trash, ...
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Deleting with rm did not free up space [duplicate]

I deleted a 5gb video using rm video.mp4, but the space hasn't freed. This was the situation: while encoding a video with FCP X, I ran out of space, I only had 50 MB free. Since in the trash I had ...
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Delete an app completely (special case) and question regarding empty trash

I downloaded a game and deleted it by just Holding it for few second and click x on the launchpad, because I can still see it occupies 20 GB in my hard disk which is truly annoying. Does it mean it ...
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Does Secure Empty Trash actually write random patterns of data?

This works by writing random patterns of data over a trashed file immediately after it has been emptied, http://osxdaily.com/2012/02/03/secure-empty-trash-mac-os-x/ Does Secure Empty Trash ...
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move a file, replacing existing (if any), ideally by putting existing in the trash

I am trying to find a way to automatically (without user intervention) move a file from A to B, replacing B if it exists, ideally by putting the existing copy of B into the appropriate Trash folder. ...
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Trash log in Mac OS X?

My friend accidentally deleted (moved to Trash) all the files listed in "All my files" in Finder. Instead of using the "put back" option, he moved these files from Trash to Desktop using Finder. Now ...
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OS X Empty Trash is deleting all files on computer

I'm using a MacBook Pro, Snow Leopard. I hit secure empty trash on the Finder menu. It took a while to get the thing done, so I just thought "wow, this musta been one fat trash can". The next day, I ...
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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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Can't delete .plist files from Trash

I have a program which, when deleting any app, also deletes the extra files and junk as well; including .plist files. Normally this works great though, this time around I've had a few files which ...
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Download files and keep archive

Is there a way to keep the archive of a downloaded file/folder? Currently, the archive is moved directly to the Trash can as soon as the content is expanded. Thanks Update: screenshot following MK's ...
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Secure Empty Trash can't count?

On the few occasions I've tried using secure empty trash, it takes forever (I hear this is normal) but when it's in progress it counts the number of items to delete incorrectly. I put one file in the ...
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How to recover file from Trash

Windows user here. How am I supposed to recover file without using a command line? I run Mac OS X 10.8.5
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Disable or Mute Trash Sound

How can I disable the sound when deleting a file from Finder in OS X Mountain Lion? I do not see any specific mention of it under System Preferences or Finder Preferences. I don't want to disable ...
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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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Does OS X Have An Inbuilt “Self Cleaning” Feature? [closed]

Does OS X have an inbuilt effective "self cleaning" feature/mechanism. If so does it need to be turned on by default, and how often does it take place, (or is this something that is determined by the ...