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

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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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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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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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how do i transfer files from my Ipod classic back to my Mac [duplicate]

I mistakenly clicked on Itunes Match on Itunes and instantly lost all my playlist and about 700 songs. I tried for 6 hours to find the files only to now find out I moved them to trash and deleted the ...
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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 *andom 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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gmail in iPhone: How to delete on swipe?

On iphone 3GS I have iOS version 4.1 running. The thing is when I swipe a mail in my Gmail account on iPhone, it always displays the Archive button. So, to delete some mail in my inbox I always have ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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: ...