Questions tagged [trash]

A storage location for files that have been marked for deletion, but not yet removed from the filesystem.

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Finder closes after emptying trash or ejecting a disk

Is it possible to change some Finder settings so that it doesn't automatically close the window when the Trash is emptied or a usb disk/hard drive is ejected?
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Empty Trash Item in Use

I recently upgraded my 2012 MacMini to Catalina. It was a bit of a nightmare as the internal drive wasn’t formatted to APFS. I imaged the drive and did a Time Machine backup then booted from the ...
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View or empty rubbish bin of other volume?

I would like to open (and empty) the Bin on a different volume. It is an APFS volume. I have tried looking in /Volumes/other/.Trashes/ and /Volumes/other/Users/sam/.Trash/, but these locations don't ...
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Recovering locally deleted iCloud Files from Mac Trash

Please see the below scenario One excel file is in icloud drive on my mac in below path iCloud Drive > Docs > Excel > ABC.xlsx I deleted ABC.xlsx from my mac iCloud drive and it goes in mac Trash ...
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Removing linked file after updating to macOS Catalina

I updated to Catalina recently. When the update was done, I had a directory of recovered files on my hard drive. The only file recovered was a soft link to X11 (see below). I tried rm X11 and unlink ...
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Correct location for “Security… usr…” folder in Catalina

I just emptied my Mac's trash can. Mac OS would not delete the folders "Security… usr…". usr contains an alias named "X11". (See screenshot) Catalina says these folders and alias can't be deleted ...
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Where does a large file go when I delete it from a volume?

I deleted several files around 1 GB or more from an external drive with Mac OS Extended (Journaled). I cannot see them in ~/.Trash and Finder refuses to go to /Volumes/<volume name>/.Trash by ...
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Emptying trash slow on external HDD?

macOS Catalina. Emptying trash on the internal SSD is normal, but very slow on external HDD (USB 3.0, 5400rpm).
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Cannot ls ~/.Trash in the Terminal in Catalina (operation not permitted)

Ever since buying a new Mac, which has forced me to upgrade to Catalina, I cannot view the Trash folder in the Terminal. ls ~/.Trash just gives ls: .Trash: Operation not permitted. So does sudo ls ~/....
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Deleted Files not going to Trash, Catalina

I have recently updated my Macbook to Catalina and since then everytime I delete a file using "Move to Bin" option or by dragging it to the Trash can I get a message "This item will be deleted ...
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Empty trash from external hard drive

When my external hard drive got disconnected (without ejecting), it created a .Trashes folder. Now, I'm not able to delete the folder by emptying the trash. I keep on getting The operation can’t be ...
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Can't remove file from trash

I'm having trouble emptying the trash on Catalina. FileVault is enabled. Trying to empty from Finder warns X11R6 can't be modified or deleted because it's required by macOS. It's a link to /opt/X11 ...
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Cant delete Time Machine .inProgress file

After over a month of not running Time Machine, I tried to run it again, and it was stuck on "Preparing Backup" for ages (more than 10 hours). A Google search has led me to try trashing the ....
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SSD on MacBook Pro - Strange capacity reporting in Finder

This is less of an issue and more of an 'enquiring minds would like to know' type question. I have a 1TB SSD in my macBook pro. I've been utilising the space to sort through years of duplications of ...
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Deleting Time machine backups on Mac, emptying trash

Unfortunately I didn't go through the proper procedures of Time Machine backup deleting. And I just simply deleted the backup folders from my external harddrive, and now I'm not able to empty the ...
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Force removing items from Trash

I deleted a user folder from Macintosh HD/Users that was inactive. It is now in the Trash and when I attempt to empty trash or delete immediately I am unable. I used Terminal to navigate to: cd ~/....
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How to add Trash folder to Finder Sidebar in Mojave?

In more recent macOS's (such as Mojave), dragging the ~/.Trash folder to the Finder Sidebar does not work properly anymore. When you do that, the sidebar text displays a ? instead of Trash. The ? ...
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AppleScript and Mail: Read out Mailbox of Message and select first read message in Inbox

I) Intro I'd like to read out the mailbox a message (of Apple Mail) is currently in. To read out a message's id one can use: tell application "Mail" set m1 to message 1 of inbox return id ...
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Apple Mac IPhoto clear trash

I’ve read some stuff on here about emptying the trash can in iPhoto but it keeps locking up .. 35 thousand images in trash but will not go .. any help appreciated. With a standard windows pc I can run ...
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Delete a folder with a lot of files

I'm not even sure how to ask this question properly, but let me try. I'm on Mojave 10.14. I found a directory in my trash can that is extremely slow to delete. When I try to go into the directory, ...
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Accidentally deleted everything from a directory on my Macbook using terminal

I accidentally did a rm -rf * on a wrong directory on my macbook terminal. It appears that the rm command operates just like on a Linux system, where it's irreversible. But I did back up my Mac to ...
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Mojave: Unable to delete folder from trash [duplicate]

I have a folder in Trash, but I am unable to delete it from Trash. When I click the 'empty bin' button, it says The operation can’t be completed because the item “config” is in use.. When I right-...
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Unable to remove 'thumbnails.fraghandler' from bin [duplicate]

I'm running MacOS Mojave. For months, I have the following file in my bin which I'm unable to remove: ~/.Trash/Recovered files #1/(A Document Being Saved By Quick Look Helper)/thumbnails.fraghandler ...
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How to open a files that's currently in Trash

How do I open files that are in Trash? I have put some MKV video files in Trash. I want to watch the videos (I use IINA). How can I watch the videos without moving them out of Trash?
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How do I delete a stubborn file in the Bin?

I have this file (see attached); And I cannot delete it. it doesn't exist... I have tried typing rm in the prompt then dragging the file on to it, I have gone to the actual location of the file and ...
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View a list of recent deleted items from Trash in macOS

I've deleted some big folders yesterday while on a shoot, to free up some space to be able to shoot tethered into the Mac. The folders where from past shoots and I've marked the folders to know which ...
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Can't delete or move item from trash using sudo rm in terminal, in superuser account, or even single user mode

At some point in the past I was messing around with the battery menu on my 2012 macbook pro running High Sierra to see if I could it to display the estimated time remaining rather than a percentage. ...
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How to delete item in Bin “… cannot be modified or deleted because it is required by MacOS”?

I'm on a 2014 MacBook Air, 10.14.5 A couple of weeks ago I did a quick sweep of my files and drives to get rid of junk, mostly old photos and videos I had accumulated that I didn't need/want anymore. ...
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Command + Delete (Move to Trash) command doesn't work

I have this problem for a long time, and I don't know how to fix it. When I press Command + Delete key sequence, it doesn't work. When I use the key sequence, I hear a beep. It was working before I ...
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How to force empty Trash if it has system files?

The question title may seem a duplicate, but this case of mine is unique. This happened because of this problem, which I was able to answer/solve. https://superuser.com/questions/1447825/will-re-...
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Unable to view Trash on APFS-formatted external drive

I am on macOS Mojave running iTunes with its library stored on an external drive. Both my main machine and external drive are formatted in APFS. When I delete a song on iTunes, the file never gets ...
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Unable to delete files & folders from my USB drive

I got this USB stick with some music on it. I copied the content on my machine. Two days later I wanted to delete the data from the USB drive. The Move to trash option is missing, and if I try to drag ...
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macOS: Can another user recover files I've deleted?

I currently live with someone that I think may be recovering files I emptied from the Trash. It's their computer, they are admin, and I have a standard account. I just want to know are they capable of ...
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Emptying the trash doesn't move emails out of a smart folder

I came across a weird issue in Mail. I have a smart folder for emails matching a number of specific senders. I assumed that smart folders work like smart folder in the Finder that emails are not ...
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Interrupted Finder whilst it was deleting 400GB of files. Now I have 400GB of Hidden Space that won't go away

I was in the process of deleting 400GB of files from the Trash when I needed to restart Finder. The Trash emptying progress bar was about 1/3rd of the way through. Now DaisyDisk tells me I have ...
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College's files in my trash can?

A few weeks ago, files appeared in my Trash Can. I didn't really look into it and keep thinking it was just temporary files that I deleted myself while working. But after a while, I opened those ...
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Can't delete time machine backups - error 8072 [duplicate]

I am not able to delete permanently time machine backups from an external hard drive which are now in my trash. After an hour or so « deleting items » and a growing number, I get « the operation can’t ...
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The operation can’t be completed because the item is in use

I can not empty trash folder, getting message "The operation can’t be completed because the item “7” is in use." Tried sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash/* Getting message that directory is not empty: But looks ...
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How can I remove Finder and Trash from my dock (for Mojave)

I've got my first ever Mac and was wondering how to remove Finder and Trash from my dock (and put them in Launchpad instead). I've tried some of the solutions on other questions but they don't seem ...
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How to fix “The item can't be moved to the Trash because it can't be deleted” error

Got this error: The item XYZ can't be moved to the Trash because it can't be deleted. Never seen this before. How to I enable it to be deleted? File is stored on an SD card. Checked permissions. ...
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Permission of ~/.Trash is always gone after Time machine backup

Every day, permission of ~/.Trash is always gone(Pic1). And .Trash become zero bytes file. That mean, I can't move files to Trash, and Finder will delete files immediately. Every time ~/.Trash go ...
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GUI trash different from terminal trash

On Mac OS X El Capitan (MacBook Pro Mid 2014) it seems that visiting the trash bin from the GUI produces a bunch of files however visiting .Trash user$ and running ls -a only produces a single file. ...
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Is there a way to know which Program sent some files to the trash bin?

I have seen some files appearing miraculously in the trash bin on my Mac, and I would like to know which program sent them there to be able to contact the Support and give some feedback. Is there a ...
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Cannot delete Numbers documents from iCloud Trash

I am using Numbers and have saved some documents in iCloud. I am now trying to delete them. I moved them to the Trash and emptied the Trash. Some time later, I see that these Numbers documents ...
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Option to open files from the Trash

When we double-click or ⌘O a file in the Trash, we’re greeted with a message that it cannot be opened. But there it no technical reason for this, as evidenced by the fact we can circumvent this ...
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Emptying trash interrupted due to low disk space, resulting in “snapshot meta data tree is invalid”

I was silly enough to set a bunch of video encodes running and leave my computer resulting in it running out of disk space. On return to discover it I tried to empty the trash which would have solved ...
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Network Trash Can on macOS 10.13 or higher?

We currently have a Mac that functions as a file server on our network. The files are stored locally on an internal drive array. We would like to setup a Network Trash Can on this machine so when ...
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How can I empty the trash with old backups in it?

Since my backup disk is full, I wanted to delete old backups to free space. Since I didn't figure out how to do it on TimeMachine itself properly, I selected all the folders with backups on the ...
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How to recover files “emptied” from trash

I recently updated to macOS Mojave. I was experimenting with the new desktop stack feature. Long story short, I ended up creating a folder on the dock and putting all the files from my desktop into it....
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Cannot delete this file

I have a file in the trash can. I would like to delete it. Model Identifier: MacBookPro11,4 System Version: macOS 10.14 (18A391) Here's what my trash looks like: Here's the info for the file: [ ...

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