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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Macintosh HD (empty?) in trash

I looked at my trash and found Mcintosh HD in it. I don't know how it got there and do not remember ever putting it there. I don't know where to put it back either. So what do I do? It looks empty- as ...
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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 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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Is OS X doing some work after moving .app to trash?

I had Spotify installed and was annoyed by the "SpotifyWebHelper" process. So after some research I came up with the information, that it is managed by a background daemon. To disable that, I had to ...
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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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Disable .Spotlight, .Trashes and .fseventsd on removable media [duplicate]

I am making removable media (USB drives) for distribution using my Mac. MacOS keeps adding "hidden" directories in the root directory, like .fseventsd, .Trashes, and .Spotlight-V100. How do I ...
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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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How do I force the Trash to empty on El Captan?

Prior to El Capitan, it was possible to force emptying of the Trash when stubborn or "in use" items prevented it with "Secure Empty Trash". This option has however been removed in El Capitan. How do ...
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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 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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The file that cannot be deleted

Today I've been clearing out my hard drive, removing files and applications I no longer need. I deleted a few stubborn files using command line rm. But I've run into a file that resists all my ...
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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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Swipe settings in El Capitan Mail.app

This is a different question from this. Is anybody able to develop a Terminal command that will change the behaviour of swipe settings in Mail? By default swipe right is 'Mark as Unread/Read' while ...
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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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How to delete fonts that are erroneously »in use«?

There is this issue on OSX that often when you put a font file into the trash, it can't be emptied as the system thinks the font is still in use: However, I've uninstalled it using Font Book, I've ...
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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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“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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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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NTFS external disc restore trashed items

I guess I deleted files on my external NTFS storage. I think I can see those files in hidden folder $RECYCLE.BIN on this drive. is it possible that the MAC NTFS writing stuff I set up before - so I ...
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Cannot cleanup OS X trash

OSX just won't let me clean the trash can. I delete the "Previous System" folder (did it before a year ago and it worked just fine): But, when I try to clean it up, I got: I already rebooted ...
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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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How to “Secure Empty Trash…” (wipe free space) on OS X El Capitan?

Before OS X El Capitan, when viewing the Trash folder and pressing the "Alt" key you have been able to Secure Empty Trash... however this feature has been removed from OS X El Capitan! Does anyone ...
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Emptying trash sound played for no reason

It happened to mew few times last week: while I was working in browser/text editor I've heard emptying trash sound for no reason (i.e. I haven't interacted with trash bin at all). I think I haven't ...
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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 you trash items on new Mac Photos?

IPhoto had a trash bin, I need to delete images when and if I want, but I can't find the bin on the new Photos? The whole new system is freaking me out, I preferred the old.
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How to trash VLC

When I try to trash VLC it says it can't be deleted. Does anyone know how to do this. Also I can no longer see any of my other things on finder.
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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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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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problem emtying iphoto trash after photo installed

I have upgraded to photo, but kept my old iPhoto images. There are plenty of them and now space is an issue so I want to delete some. I have successfully moved them to the external hard drive and have ...
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External hard drive won't show up on finder (theres more to this)

So I plugged in my hard drive, and deleted a file on it, a .nfo file. I forgot I had a file in the trash and so when I ejected the disk, my mac prompted me an alert like "disk is in use" with a force ...
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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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What are locked files (already inside Trash)?

I was cleaning my desktop and I put a lot of unnecessary files into my Trash. In one particular folder I was asked to provide administrator's password, so I did. Everything went to Trash very ...
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finder buttons not working

So i think since the update yosemite 10.10.5 my finder is acting strangely...well couple examples: when i try to eject the drive i click on the little eject button and doesnt do anything (doesnt say ...
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Trash won't empty, and duplicates files (with one copy remaining in trash) when moved back to desktop

I'm having a problem with Yosemite. It started when I attempted to move items to recycle bin, and was asked for my password. I entered it, and the items were moved to the bin. When I tried secure ...
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RAID Disk Space not Recovering

I have a RAID disk where I keep my virtual machines. Recently I created and deleted a few and noticed that the space taken up was not being reclaimed. I tried deleting the .Trashes directory via ...
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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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Time Machine backup from external hard drive stuck in trash

I got a new iMac after my old one died. As my old one was dying I made several Time Machine backups to a 1T G-Drive external. Unfortunately, I must have done it incorrectly because the backups have ...
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Put Back from trash from Terminal

I sent a lot of files and directories from an external hard drive into the trash by mistake. All those files and directories had the same grandfather directory but not the same father directory. I can ...
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Why doesn't the 'rm' command dump file in Trash?

Using the rm 'filename' command, i have noticed that the file isn't actually deposited into the trash. I realise that this isn't completely removing the file from the computer, however im perplexed as ...
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Windows formatted disks owned by $USER, while Mac formatted disks owned by “root”, right?

I noticed that some disks were owned by $USER and some by root: $ ls -l /Volumes total 88 drwxrwxrwx@ 1 jdoe staff 8192 Jul 14 10:22 USBdrive drwxrwxrwx 0 root wheel 0 Jul 14 15:54 ...
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Unable to delete file from Downloads folder

I have a file (4alJRTP_.gif.part) in my downloads folder that won't seem to delete. Every time I drag it to the trash, nothing shows up in the trash and the file icon remains in the downloads ...
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How can Finder empty Trash more quickly than “rm -rf /Volumes/Foo/.Trashes/501/*”?

The "Trash" of a 16-GB usb2 flash drive had 3.4-GB of data. I emptied it as such: $ cd /Volumes/FooDrive/.Trashes/501 $ rm -rf * This took over 5-seconds. That seemed pretty long. So, as a ...
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The Greatest Hassle of OS X

So after downloading lots of applications on my Mac in the past, I decided to get rid of some of these applications - and this is where I met some of the greatest hassles of using OS X, the processes ...
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How to access content from hidden $Recycle.Bin Windows Recycle Bin from exFat drive in OS X

I have transferred an exFat drive to a standard Mac OS X Journaled drive. The drive I transferred over was connected to both Macs and PCs, I'd like to get at the Recycle Bin folder's contents ...
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OS X Mail: Dueling IMAP trash cans

I am a relatively new Mac user, and I am having trouble setting up one of my IMAP accounts in OS X Mail (Yosemite). I have set up several accounts, and Mail has added a trash can for each of them ...
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Trash and unread mail boxes show 700 non-visible emails

Can't get the boxes to empty or the number to change or disappear. Don't know if there are any real emails stored somewhere or not
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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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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 do I check where the file in .Trash was removed from?

I've some files appearing in Trash folder. How do I check from where they were removed? I've Tried 'Get Info', but it doesn't tell me from where it was removed. The only option I've is 'Put Back', ...