Questions tagged [deleting]

the destruction of a document, or file. Often, on the most common operating system, the file is compressed, and moved to a folder - dubbed "Trash" on OSX. The file must then be permanently deleted, before all remnants of the file are truly destroyed.

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Folder with nothing in it is still using up space

I have a folder with absolutely nothing in it. Zero. I made sure there was no hidden files in it, by typing "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles YES." into my terminal. There is ...
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How can I delete all network users on startup or shutdown?

I want to run this script before any student logs into the computers daily. #!/bin/sh mv /Users/admin /admin wait $pid mv /Users/Shared /Shared wait $pid rm -rf /Users/* wait $pid mv /admin /...
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How do I remove a single key combination from the Mac Keyboard shortcut menu?

I know I can set shortcuts by clicking on none and entering my chord. But I can't figure out how to set it back to none without clicking "Restore Defaults" which destroys my entire config, also it ...
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Deleting and creating users with terminal in recovery mode?

would anyone know how to delete and create user accounts in recovery mode? Precise steps would be awesome because im not too experienced with UNIX. I already tried the userdel and useradd in urs\sbin ...
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Moving several files to trash in Mac terminal without using rm, any plugins?

Looking for a way to: Move several files to the Mac trash in terminal without using the rm, crazy regex,finder, or something destructive. Today I realized I was just asking the wrong question. Once ...
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Cannot delete {Documents, Desktop} folders from iCloud Drive

NOTE: Please don't simply link me to an existing similar question unless it offers an approach I haven't tried. I have researched thoroughly, and spent several hours on this. My iCloud Drive is full. ...
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Recovering a deleted file on MacOS

There is an old Unix trick for attempting to recover a deleted file where you run $ sudo grep -C100 string-known-to-be-in-file /dev/sda1 which takes a very long time, but can at least recover a ...
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Admin account no longer accessible on MacBook Pro running El Capitan 10.11.6

After installing El Capitan, I cannot login to the admin account I was using for the install. I have other admin accounts that work fine, but this was the main one I use with all my important files. I ...
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Help Deleting 150 Million + Items from Trash on Mac

I have over 150 million files to delete on my Mac, and I've run all the versions of rm -rf ~/.Trash/* in Terminal and nothing has happened. Can somebody please explain to me how to delete these files ...
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fn + backspace (delete) works just at the second time as expected

I'm facing a weird misbehavior on my MacBook Pro (Retina). I switched the operating language from German to English several days ago. Since then, I can't use the "delete" button (fn + backspace) ...
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Saving /private/tmp

Something on my Mac keeps deleting the /private/tmp directory. I first noticed this was happening as I was investigating high CPU usage. The Console was full of errors like the following: 1/10/15 10:...
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Itunes doesn't want to dispose played podcasts

I have a Podcast settings: ‚Keep all unplayed episodes‘ but Itunes doesn't want to dispose those played ones. There are only 9 new unplayed episodes and 19 fully played episodes are fully to dispose....
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Is there any way to view the names of files from before iTunes renamed them?

So here's my sad story guys. I'm a songwriter and I have a ton of audio files on my computer. I spent the last week or so going through them all (some were in iTunes, some were scattered across the HD)...
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Can’t install macOS High Sierra after formating my HDD

After erasing my HDD with APFS format, I always get an error while installing macOS High Sierra. Error is caused because of APFS format. Now I can’t erase it using a different format... how can I ...
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How to delete from shared drive without confimation?

Is there a way to delete files/folders from a shared drive, i.e. a NAS drive, without the confirmation dialog popping up?
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Cannot delete Karabiner Kext

I followed the answers in this thread but cannot delete the kernel extension for the key mapper software Karabiner. When I boot into recovery mode and rm -rf the enclosing folder it is not deleted ...
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Qemu Files not deleting “No Such File Or Directory Found”

I have some malware that installed crypto mining on my mac - I'm trying to delete all the files in terminal but keep coming up with "No Such File Or Directory Found" as an error. I'm tearing my hair ...
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How do I delete photos from my iPhone without also deleting them from my Mac (both are connected to iCloud)

I currently have about 7k-8k photos and videos stored on my Mac. Recently, I purchased 200 GB iCloud plan so I can have access to all my photos and videos on my iPhone. I dragged my Photos library ...
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Files disappeared, no trace

Yesterday, my wife imported 350 images from her camera's SD card from her sister's wedding (thus, quite important images), and as we have BackBlaze installed on her macbook for cloud backup, we have ...
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If I get an app that contains a monthly fee and I delete it, do i still have to pay?

I got a palm reading app, not knowing that it included a monthly fee of $9.99. I have the iPhone 7 so I put my fingerprint in my phone. My fingerprint lets me pay for stuff, download apps, and open my ...
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I have no photos in my album but it still says that it takes 508 MB of space on my iphone

So I have no photos in my phone, but it still says that it takes 508 MB when I look at my usage in settings. There is literally no photos at all, even the recently deleted has been deleted, and I don'...
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Time Machine deleting non-Time Machine files from disk?

I recently enabled time machine by adding an external drive as a location for Time Machine to back up to. However, before enabling Time Machine I took a few old files (totally about 500GB) which I ...
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“Unable to delete the user account” in Users & Groups?

On OS 10.9.2, with permissions unlocked, my admin user gets "Unable to delete the user account [username]" when I click the "minus" delete button. I checked the option to archive the user in the ...
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How do I delete a Time Machine local snapshot which is empty and in the wrong place?

Somehow I have a folder on the root of my hard drive called com.apple.TimeMachine.localsnapshots. This contains a few other folders which end with a couple of dated folders containing folders with the ...
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Deleted user content by accident

I was trying to empty the trash from terminal because Xcode was stuck in it, but I accidentally removed the trash from the path and ran sudo rm -rf ~/ I thought for a moment i was changing the ...
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OSX Catalina - Removing Music App

How can I "hard remove" the "Music" app from OSX Catalina ? I assume I need to boot disable SIP or similar which I'm fine with, I'm not just sure how to find the location of this app as it doesn't ...
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Deleting my mail in Mac, but space is not cleared

Today, I deleted alot of files in Mac Mail but it did not clear any space on my HD. It keeps saying Mail is using 5.36 GB, no matter how much I delete and empty my trash. I have rebooted several times....
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Mac Catalina won't let me delete user

I go to users and groups, I put in my admin password, I click on the user, the user is a standard user, I press the - button, and then nothing happens. I can't do anything from that point other than ...
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Deleted iPhotos not appearing in Trash

Cleaning up photo albums and folders on Mac. Deleting photos but they don't appear in iPhoto trash OR system trash -- so how do I assure they're deleted? part of the rationale for deleting is to free ...
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How to remove Fusion Drive?

I tried applying recommendations from other sites, but the methods did't work. diskutil cs list - no logical drives diskutil apfs deletecontainer - also does not work I loaded with bootable ...
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Recover deleted user data — user deleted via System Prefs with “Delete home folder”

Earlier today, I deleted a user (through the Users and Groups pane in System Preferences), and of the options “Keep home folder”/“Move home folder to deleted users”/“Delete home folder”, I chose “...
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Recently deleted in Files app wont permanently delete

I’ve got a number of files from “On my iPad” deleted and currently in the “Recently deleted” section of the Files app. But I’ve tried numerous times and in numerous ways to permanently delete these ......
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Delete specific photos from iphone that were synced from itunes and won't delete

I know there were similar answers to this question here, and here, but I believe my question is slightly different: Backstory: Got a new iphone 11, I had been using icloud on my iphone 7 but I didn't ...
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Image selection jumps randomly after sorting when an image is deleted

I'm using Preview app Version 11.0 (999.4) in Mac OS 10.15.2, though this issue existed in the previous versions of the app / OS as well. I open a folder with images in Preview app, then sort them ...
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How to selectively remove sym-linked files from a certain directly

In /usr/local/include , symlinked files from ../Cellar/ and /Library/Developer/CommandLineTools/SDKs/MacOSX.sdk/usr/include/ as follows; rwxr-xr-x 1 user admin 48B May 29 2018 unitypes.h -&...
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erase usb pen drive with format ISO 9660 protection

It seems that diskutil is unable to erase/format my pen drive with the format ISO 9660 (Joliet), it appears to be a "CD like protection" thanks
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Safely deleting files downloaded by Safari

Sorry to ask such a basic question, but I am remotely helping my parents who have a Mac, and I am not familiar with that system, nor have I it at home. They received a fake order confirmation email ...