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

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Modify “Move to Trash” shortcut in Apple Numeric keyboard

I recently purchased Apple wired USB keyboard with Numeric Keypad for my Mac Mini (best decision I ever made, keyboard is freaking awesome with two USB ports on its sides!). I noticed that there is a ...
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Why can't I put some file in the trash?

I have a lot of useless files on my hardrive and I need to clear some of them out: some of said files will go into the trash with no problem, Some of them let me put them in the trash, but dont ...
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On Mountain Lion, Trash doesn't Empty

there is a file stuck in the trash This is what it shows when i do 'Get Info' When i 'Empty' the trash The sound plays, the trash window disappears, but the Trash icon doesn't appear empty ...
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How can I empty the trash with “rm -rf ~/.Trash/*” from Finder?

Sometimes emptying the trash in Finder takes significantly longer than just running rm -rf ~/.Trash. Is there some way to remap the "right click on trash in dock + click to empty trash" button to a ...
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One-click automated USB trash delete

Is there any way I can create an automator service or app to delete ALL trash from any USB drive (my own account's trash plus everybody else's)? I've read several solutions involving Terminal, ...
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What are the correct .Trashes Sharing & Permission settings?

I was trying to recover some files I accidentally deleted, so I followed this wikihow article. It makes you change the privileges for the .Trashes file, but then after says, "You can now reset the ...
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Taking forever to move files to the trash

Finder is taking forever to move, rename, etc. files, especially when moving to the trash or emptying the trash. Here is a video ...
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Can't do anything with external hard drive, “.Trashes” is probably the boogyman

I bought an external Samsung hard drive today. But I'm not able to do anything with it. Here are the problems I'm having: I can't put anything on the hard drive. Finder gets stuck at 'preparing ...
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Disable Trash on a specific drive

Is there a possibility of disabling the trash-bin for a drive and deleting files instantly? I'm using DVD-RAM as a backup solution and trashing files is producing a lot of additional, unnecessary ...
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How can I skip the Trash when deleting a file?

I frequently connect different external USB hard drives and flash drives to my computer and I would like to facilitate deleting files and regaining disk space from them. If I simply delete the file, ...
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Can't find Trash in Finder or on Desktop

I can't find the trashcan icon anywhere. I'm using OS X 10.7.4. I'm not sure when it went missing. I can still move items to the trash, but since I can't find it I can't empty it. Is there a way to ...
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Is it possible to delete the “useless” apps pre-installed on my Mac?

There are some preinstalled apps that came with my laptop that I know I wil never ever use. Apps like "Notes", "Stickies", "Game Center", etc.. that were preinstalled in my Macbook Pro are apps that ...
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How to Secure erase files in OS X without moving the files into trash?

My Question is I want to erase a file in OS X Securely (like the function of "Secure Empty Trash") so that, the file cannot be recovered by using recovery tools. I don't want to empty the trash. It is ...
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Can't empty the trash after deleting user account

I had an old user account on this machine that I no longer needed and was taking up a lot of space. I removed it by going to System Preferences > Users & Groups and deleting the user. It took a ...
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Can't empty trash of removable HD

I can't empty the trash of my removable drive. At first it appears to empty it correctly (no error message, the sound is played), but the folder in question stays there. I tried: jan@MacBook-Pro ...
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Every time I try to empty my recycling bin it gets stuck

I'm trying to empty my trash but everytime I do it gets stuck. The only way to get it off the screen, even after hours is to force quit.
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All of a sudden, I can't empty my trash. At all. What now? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Emptying the Trash: not working Title mostly says it all. Nothing about my system has really changed that I can think of. I've been running Lion since shortly after its ...
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secure empty trash is the only option

I've been running Snow Leopard 10.6.8 for months. For some reason today I lost the ability to "regular" empty the trash. When I right-click the trash from the dock and select "Empty Trash" I'm ...
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How to determine original location of file that is currently in the Trash?

Suppose some file "Any File.pdf" is in the Trash (aka ~/.Trash). How can I determine its original location? By "original location" I mean the folder where that file would be moved to if one were to ...
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Can't delete folder named __MACOSX

So, I have a folder in my ~./Trash folder, and I can't seem to delete it. It's named __MACOSX, and I've tried everything I can think of to get rid of it. Finder won't start at all because of it (it ...
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Emptying the Trash: not working

On Lion 10.7.3, when trying to empty the Trash from the GUI the items to be deleted are counted, and the the dialog doesn't progress anymore: Stopping emptying the Trash doesn't help much either: ...
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Unaccessible folder in Trash

Whenever I try emptying my Trash, the progress bar freezes at a specific point. I narrowed down the problem to a folder containing a mercurial repository: localhost:~ dennis$ cd ...
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Is there a way to auto “put back” everything in Trash?

My wife saw the folder 'all documents' in Finder and decided to move it all to the trash. Now we have over 9,000 files in the trash and I haven't been able to find a way to put back everything with ...
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Finder prevents moving file to Trash

I've saved a PDF to the Desktop, but Finder will not allow it to be erased. How can I move it to Trash and erase it?
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How can you search in the trash, and sort deleted files by date of deletion?

In Snow-Leopard: Is it possible to search in the Trash, and sort deleted files by date of deletion?
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How can I delete a file marked as backup item?

I'm trying to delete a file, but I get a message from Trash saying: "The operation can’t be completed because backup items can’t be modified." What does that mean and how can I delete it?
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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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How do I enable “Network Trash” on a file server?

I have a Synology SAN/file server. One of the reasons I bought my Synology was that the reviews said it supported "Network Trash" for the Mac, so I can drag files to the trash and then drag them out ...
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App to empty trash on a single drive

The "Empty Trash" is a bit non-specific for me, as it empties the trash on all connected volumes. In order to empty trash from a single drive (for instance, on a USB stick), I've been going to the ...
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Cannot trash a file?

I want to delete a file because it's of no use to me yet I seem unable to do so. I've gone through these steps so far: Put file in trash, empty trash. -> Mac keeps on telling me: 12 items to ...
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How do I delete a single file from the Trash?

I'm trying to free up space on an external drive, and after deleting a bunch of stuff, it's still showing very little actual free space. I went to the trash can, but can't seem to delete the files ...
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How can I add Trash icon to the sidebar in Mac OS X Lion?

How can I add the Trash icon and empty Trash from the sidebar of Finder.app in Mac OS X Lion ? I dont have a problem to add them in the list of favorites too, but the Trash icon is not draggable.
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Options for recovering deleted files

I deleted a file last week (a PDF in this case). While I'm able to reconstruct the information I need in this case, I'd like to take precautions against this happening again. Is there anything built ...
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Will maintaining lot of files in trash affect Mac OS X performance?

I maintain more than 20 million files in my trash without cleaning. Can it slow down my Mac OS X?
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Why aren't mp3 files I deleted by accident showing up in the Trash?

I accidentally deleted all the mp3 files on my computer (as opposed to just the ones in my downloads folder). There were a lot of files (around 2,000) so it took a while to delete but now, although at ...
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Does “Secure Empty Trash” securely delete the hidden version files for documents in the Trash in OS X Lion?

The new Versions feature in Lion creates hidden files that store old versions of the document you're working on in case you want to revert back to some older version of the document. If I drag a ...
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Is Lion's new “Date Added” field supposed to work in the Trash?

One of the little things in Lion I was most excited about was the Finder's new "Date Added" field. I wanted it for two folders in particular, for obvious reasons: the Downloads folder and the Trash. ...
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How can I make 'rm' move files to the trash can?

I use the terminal on a daily basis, I will often use rm DirectoryName, sometimes I get a little crazy and do rm * As you can imagine these shenanigans have sometimes come back and hit me in the ...
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Why do I keep getting Recovered files in my trash after restarting?

Whenever I restart my MacBook Pro running OS X 10.6.8, I see a Recovered files folder in the trash—most recent example shown below. This is after a regular restart and not after a crash. Any ideas ...
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I can't trash files anymore, but only delete them directly

When I want to delete a file in Finder or in the Desktop a popup appears and it says it will be deleted immediately, and I need to confirm. The trash is always empty, and I can't use it anymore. ...
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How can I find out what is deleting my ~/.Trash folder?

Some application or action is deleting my ~/.Trash directory. I obviously don't know when this happens, save for the "Are you sure you want to delete..." dialog box. I can restore the Trash, by ...
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Restore Trash (~/.Trash/)?

I accidently deleted the ~/.Trash/ folder. How I fix this? I do not want to: Restore files currently in the Trash can Restore files emptied with the Trash can
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How can I automatically have my Trash emptied when disk space gets below a certain point?

Sometimes my hard drive gets low on space, and various things don't work properly until I empty the Trash and free up some space. I know there are applications that empty the Trash after a set ...
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Why can't I send my files to the Trash?

When I try to delete some items, whether from the keyboard (Command+Delete) or by dragging to the Trash on the dock, I get a message informing me that I can only permanently delete the item. Why is ...
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How can I empty the trash from the Terminal?

How can I empty the trash from the Terminal?
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Is there a way to limit the size of the Trash?

I just ran out of disk space and I have like 15GB in my trash. Is there a way to not keep items older than say 7 days or limit the size of the Trash? I need a way to automatically keep this managed. ...
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Sort trash files by date trashed

One of the nice features of the recycle bin in Windows is the ability to sort it by the date an item was deleted. This way if you accidentally delete something, you can easily find it because it will ...
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How can I restore a file from the trash back to its original folder?

If I deleted files on my computer and they went to the trash, how can I send them back to the same folder that they came from? On Windows, I can right-click the files and press restore. Copying them ...
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How to stop OS X from writing Spotlight and Trash files to memory cards and USB sticks?

When plugging a USB stick into a Mac, OS X creates a number of hidden files on the stick, including a Spotlight index and Trash folder. Example from the terminal for a USB stick "Untitled": $ ls -a ...
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Emptying trash of the USB drive

I have a USB plugged in Mac. What I found was .Trashes was not emptied with the emptying trash (right click of the trash and run empty trash) for the USB drive. What might be wrong? Is there any ...