Finder is taking forever to move, rename, etc. files, especially when moving to the trash or emptying the trash.

Here is a video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xI1jlh8d6C0&feature=youtube_gdata_player

It takes 80-95% of my CPU and spins 13 threads to think about it for a few minutes: enter image description here enter image description here

About my Mac:

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  • What happens if you move the folder elsewhere in the filesystem instead of moving the files to the Trash, does it also need a long time? Does the folder reside on a external hard drive? How full is the hard drive where the folder is located? – jaume Dec 20 '12 at 9:28
  • Sometimes yes. No externals connected. 12GB remaining. – Kirk Strobeck Dec 20 '12 at 11:00
  • I don't understand the disconnect between the % CPU column data and the data at the bottom of the window, both numbers and graph. – JoshP Dec 20 '12 at 15:31
  • How old is the system you are working with? Was it a fresh 10.8 install or have you updated your OS for years? I'm thinking directory data corruption. – myhd Dec 21 '12 at 0:19
  • This is a brand new retina mbp – Kirk Strobeck Dec 21 '12 at 20:41

So, I took it to the Apple store, they weren't really any help. I held down option and reinstalled the OS in-place and that worked! Finally I can use Finder again .. whew! Let me know if this helped you.

  • Great if it worked for you. I assume manually clearing out the trash via Terminal (rm -rf ~/.Trash) wasn't helpful? – nohillside Dec 24 '12 at 8:47
  • I'm not sure .. I never tried it. I went with the advice from the Apple Store – Kirk Strobeck Dec 28 '12 at 3:39

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