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

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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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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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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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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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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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iPad Pages — restore document from trash?

Is there a convenient way to retrieve a Pages document that has been trashed on an iPad?
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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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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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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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Why can't I delete messages from my IMAP account on my iPhone 4?

I have an iPhone 4 and have set up mail with an IMAP account. When I delete a message a popup says Unable to move message - The message could not be moved to the trash folder. How can I fix this?
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 Do I Prevent iTunes From Automatically Trashing Older Versions Of Mobile Apps When Those Apps Are Updated?

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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Restoring original files from the trash by aliases

Someday in the future, (definitely not today) I might find myself in the following situation and be in need of assistance: Lets say I was trying to clean up my desktop and tried to move many files ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...