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 other sounds; just that one.

  • Are you using Mountain Lion?
    – Dave
    Commented Sep 13, 2013 at 18:43

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The sound file for moving an item to the trash is located here:

Go to your HD > System > Library > Components > CoreAudio.component (right click and choose "Show Package Contents") > Contents > SharedSupport > SystemSounds > dock > "drag to trash.aif"

This "drag to trash.aif" is the sound file responsible for the audio effect.

Back up the current file just incase and replace it with a silent one (a quick google search will do - you might need to get the silent file as mp3 and then convert it to aif).

You may need to restart for it to take effect.

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    adding the path for easier access in the Terminal /System/Library/Components/CoreAudio.component/Contents/SharedSupport/SystemSounds You only need to restart Finder (from the Force Quit Applications dialog). Commented Apr 6, 2014 at 16:42
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    10.12.4 doesn't let me do this for some reason even when I'm logged in as root and prefix cp/mv/whatever with "sudo". Does anyone know what would be a good way to replace it? If it's safe, it would also be convenient if I could store the copy in the same folder as the original.
    – rien333
    Commented Mar 30, 2017 at 10:54

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