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Why can't I open the Trash while it's being emptied? [closed]

We've all seen the error message, which appears if you try to click on the Trash icon while it's deleting a big file. My question is... why not? What's the harm in having the Trash open in Finder ...
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How to recover a deleted screen recording that was recorded using Screen Recorder on a Mac?

I'm exploring the possibility of recovering deleted screen recordings that were created using the default system Screen recorder application on a Mac Monterey OS version 12.2.1. Where will the ...
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filecoordinationd is blocking my Trash from emptying it

I've got a fresh M2 MacBook Pro which I configured as new (not a backup restore). Very often, when I try emptying the Trash, the process hangs waiting for something. When I then do sudo lsof +c0 ....
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Do iOS backups include Files' trash?

If I temporarily have large downloaded files on my phone, can I accelerate iOS (16) backups by simply moving them to the trash, thereby excluding them from iTunes backup altogether? On macOS I know I ...
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Trash won't empty correctly

Firstly I'd like to say this is not the standard "my trash won't empty" question. My trash does empty but it won't empty correctly. What happens is when I click "empty trash" it ...
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How to force delete files from Trash on Silicon based Macs

This is a follow up question to by previous posting: Why is Bootcamp Assistant on my MacBook Pro (M2) after using Migration Assistant? For some reason while running the various delete methods in my ...
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Can't delete folder named drkit

I recently restored my Mac from a backup and it left behind some files in a deleted users folder. I deleted all of them but there is one folder, titled drkit, that I can't seem to delete: though it ...
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Has anyone been able to recover deleted files from an emptied trash (on Mac)? [closed]

Any commands on the terminal to achieve deleted data recovery? I tried a few recovery software, but none I found efficient and some are even buggy (Disk Drill, EaseUS, Any Recovery, Stellar Data ...
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File in Trash cannot be deleted, not even with sudo rm

Ever since Dropbox updated its software a few months ago, and advised all Mac users to update in order to continue having the same facilities, a folder in my Dropbox Cloud was apparently corrupted and ...
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What is the nature of the trash directory on macOS?

The "trash" on macOS should be a directory (along with information on the place where the file was before it was sent to trash). The question is, where is this directory? Can we write down ...
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"Move to Trash" fails silently on "XYZ is damaged and can't be opened"

I'm getting this error repeatedly on my new M2 after using the migration assistant from my Intel mac. Here's the problem: It pops back up immediately no matter what I click The error comes back even ...
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How do I delete .Trashes using an applescript app, problem with Full Disk Access permission

I transfer a lot of data to my Mac using SD cards from video and audio equipment. The SD cards are mounted as disks (or volumes, whatever you want to call them) and displayed on the Desktop. After ...
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Is is okay to just remove disk image file by throwing it to trash?

I have trouble dealing with disk utility. I've made disk image folder for security but I changed my mind and I want to remove it. However every time I followed the steps shown in various sites, I ...
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How to remove Microsoft Login Items after installing Edge? [duplicate]

I tried installing Edge to play with the new Bing chat a while ago and now I'm constantly attacked by these notifications I see the following when checking my login items: I've moved Edge to the ...
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Cannot permanently delete certain files

I have this recurring problem where certain files can't be removed from my bin: The Finder can’t complete the operation because some data in “0000” can’t be read or written. (Error code -36) I'm ...
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Hidden files on memory card

I recently checked one of my memory card for space to add some video footage. The card had 11+GB of space, and is using 4.6 GB, but the video footage was 13GB. I was disappointed, as I was running low ...
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Moving to trash takes too long - emptying trash takes more than 10 minutes (even for a single item)

OSX Ventura 13.2.1 How to recreate: Drag folder to the trash; right click on trash and choose empty trash. Will take at least 10 minutes to empty the trash with just a single .png file. Things I've ...
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How to Add ˜/.Trash to Time Machine Exclusions in Ventura?

This topic has been covered in other questions (e.g. this one here: On OS X, what files are excluded by rule from a Time Machine backup? ). However, due to the significant changes in the latest ...
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MacOs Bin cannot be emptied, completely empty folder structure, error shows it is used

So as of recently, I have problems emptying my macOS bin. It has only three elements in it: A folder named "S" and three more folders inside that folder. All those folders are empty. I am ...
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Phantom file anomaly

I see something in my Downloads (fanned from Dock) that I didn't download, named XXkkAgSU Dragging the icon to Terminal pastes the full path and filename as expected. But the shell can't see it: ...
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Where do files reside while in the trash bin on macOS from an external drive?

I am using a Western Digital easystore drive which is formatted as exFat on macOS Monterey. I deleted about 600GB of files from the easystore drive which seemed to work fine. However, when I right-...
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How to move all old files from Downloads to the trash with one or more terminal commands?

I already found the command with which I can select all the files and directories that I do not want to send to trash. That command looks like this: find ~/Downloads -newerat "2 months ago" -...
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App reported "in use" that isn't

I downloaded a Catalina installer which can't run because I am already on Monterey. I copied it to an external drive and put the internal copy in the Trash. When I try to empty the Trash, Finder ...
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How to find lost files and lost free space on flash card

Flash card is indicated mostly filled Simultaneously, I can't find any files of appropriate size % sudo du -ah 128K ./.fseventsd/fseventsd-uuid 256K ./.fseventsd 340M ./NORMAL/2022-08-05-...
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Fully delete Virtual Machine application & associated files

I have a Virtual Machine app installed on my Mac called UTM. However, I want to fully uninstall/delete it because it's taking up a massive amount of storage. However, I am concerned that if I drag the ...
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Deleting private/ root/ trash(14gb)

M1 MacBook on Monterey 12.4. I have a problem that there is a folder in private/ root that takes up 13 gb of storage which i cannot delete through finder. This folder only contains of long forgotten ...
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Deleted files on external drive (exFAT) don't go to Trash

I have a Samsung T7 SSD formatted in exFAT as additional storage for my M1 Mac Mini (currently on Monterey), it's basically where I store all files that are not applications. Recently I discovered ...
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How can I change the Icon of the recycle bin on my mac?

So recently I saw a reddit post with changing the recylce bin icons to things eating your garbage files. This was very easy to implement on my PC, but at work I have grown tired of the standard mac ...
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recover Xcode project in trash without "put back"

I recently deleted by mistake a whole Xcode project (~4000 files) and although the folders were not deleted, the button "put back" from trash is not working. How could I recover my project? ...
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Prevent compulsive trashing on macOS Catalina

We have an autistic teenage girl with a compulsive behavior to move files to the trash and empty it! Is it possible to prevent just the emptying of the trash?
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Is it safe to use `trash-cli` on macOS?

Introduction The program nnn has a send-to-trash functionality, and it uses trash-cli. I would like to use nnn and trash-cli on macOS. Reading trash-cli's homepage, I see it uses ~/.local/share/Trash/,...
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Struggling to recover space after backup deletion on older system

My 2TB external drive (seagate SRD00F2) is refusing to recover space after deleting backups. I've tried a number of things, hoping to find help here, TYIA. The older backups were not deleting ...
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How can I find out when a file had been moved to trash?

I have my Mac configured to automatically delete objects 30 days after they have been moved to Trash (at Finder > Preferences > Advanced > Remove items from the Trash after 30 days). However, ...
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How to delete com.apple files from the Trash folder?

This is the second time I'm posting this question. I hope I'm doing it right this time. How to delete these files from trash? Any ideas? I tried several methods but I had no luck. Methods that I tried ...
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What process(es) write to TemporaryItems/.LINKS (and leaves _LOCK files inside)?

Nearly every time I login to a user account on my computer (running macOS Catalina 10.15.7 with all latest updates) I seem to discover a 'Recovered files' folder in my Trash that upon closer ...
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Trash file inaccessible through Terminal?

Having come from a Linux environment, I am accustomed to using the command line, as in MacOS's "Terminal". In particular, I know about permissions, "sudo" and such. But I am unable ...
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Impossibly large file in trash that I cannot delete

I have a 2019 Intel Macbook Pro on the Monterey 12.1 Beta (21C5039b), and there's a file in my trash that I suspect has been causing me some problems. Its listed size in Finder is 8.32 EB (yes, that's ...
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What's the difference between emptying the trash and securely emptying the trash? [duplicate]

The trash command has these two options: -e Empty the trash (asks for confirmation) -s Securely empty the trash (asks for confirmation) What's the difference?
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Files in the trash keep reappearing in the trash after emptying

Using macOS 12.0.1 on a 2020 13" MBP M1, though this problem has existed since macOS Big Sur. I have a number of video files in my trash which I deleted several weeks ago. It's about 100 files ...
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Can't delete “.sass-cache” because its pathname is too long

I get the error Can't delete “.sass-cache” because its pathname is too long. when I try to empty my bin. sudo rm -rvf ~/.Trash/* doesn't work, it returns zsh: no matches found: /Users/cmiksche/.Trash/...
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Can't delete corrupted .png.icloud in MacBook Pro M1

Recently one of my friends sent me some screenshot files from WhatsApp and I downloaded it to my MacBook, those files were screenshot.png.icloud files. Once they are on my downloads folder, I can't ...
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Desktop, Documents, and Downloads folders are gone after deleting Dropbox

Recently, I downloaded Dropbox to try it out, and upon realizing it required a subscription after 2 GB, I decided to cut to the chase and delete it. After syncing everything, I followed the ...
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Finder suddenly asking for permission to move to trash

In some recent update, the finder has asked me for to enter my password before I can move a file to the trash. It's a similar issue to this question: Finder asks for password to move file to trash, ...
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Path to the Bin directory

I am unable to determine the path to the Bin directory, the one that is shown in Finder window when I click on The Trash icon in the Dock. I am seeking it, so I can either use the Finder's Go to ...
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Can't delete app "xcode 5 is in use"

I am getting this error emptying my trash after deleting XCode. I don't use it and haven't for years. It's it possible it is being used by other applications... It seems it's almost part of the OS the ...
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How can I force my Mac to delete my trash which contains deeply nested locked folders?

I have hundreds of gigabytes of files that I manually (tried) to delete from an external hard drive. However I can't empty my trash, and no space has freed up on the drive. When I try to empty my ...
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Give the Terminal.app Full Disk permission problem even it is given

macOS: v 11.2.3 Chip Apple M1 I have given the Full Disk Access to Terminal and iTerm. But when I run a Bash script to clean up the Trash directory I get "Give the Terminal.app Full Disk ...
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Fully unmount volume?

I created a volume in disk utility, and called "projects.dmg". I assigned a password to it, and stored it in my home directory. All is good. I can now mount this volume in terminal, ...
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Why do I see a "Put Back" menu item in the trash for only some items?

When I control-click on some files in the trash I see the "Put Back" menu item: However, on other files I don't see this item: Why is that?
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Finder asks for password to move file to trash

Recently, the Finder has asked me for a password whenever I move a file to the trash. I get the message, "Finder wants to move 'filename' to the trash. Enter your password to allow this". ...
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