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

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Impossible to Delete Catalina Installers

I've tried to delete the Catalina installer twice - and both instances have become stuck in Trash. Trying to empty Trash via GUI results in 'operation can't be completed because item is in use` errors....
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Trash moved to Other, wasn't removed

I had 30 GB of trash (UnrealEngine4) and when I emptied it, it only took a second and it all became part of Other in About this Mac - Storage. I was looking at it, before it was 30GB in Trash, and ...
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Why is there no “Restore” or “put back” button in my trash?

There is no restore option when I right click a folder in my trash. Did I do something wrong with my computer to cause it to do away with this option?
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Deleting stubborn items from my Mac

I have a couple of items that are proving intractable to remove from my Mac. One is a no longer needed copy of the Catalina installer, the other is one set of the relocated items that macOS now puts ...
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Can't empty trash, file says is in use, have tried everything

I'm trying to delete a Deleted Users folder but it won't let me, inside there's a Library folder with a VoiceTrigger folder, inside that there's a file called SAT when I try to directly delete that ...
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cannot access files in trash previously on external harddrive

I have no problem making a list of all files in the trash provided those files were previously on the main harddrive, but when those files were previously on an external harddrive I can't access them ...
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Apple Mail not deleting (archiving) gmail messages properly

I'm having real trouble getting Apple mail to delete (archive) messages in gmail. Historically gmail re-interpreted deleting messages to mean archiving them. So though IMAP, for example, a naive ...
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How can I get apple mail to keep only the newest email from a daily subscription, and to automatically trash older emails

I only want to keep the latest email from a subscription and I would like apple mail to automatically delete the older ones. Is there an Apple Script or way of setting rules to achieve this task?
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Lot of files got deleted in my external hard drive

I attached my external hard drive to my mac book air. And due to some issue, I had to manually power off my mac and restart. After the restart, I realized that many files in my external hard drive got ...
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Can't delete old Time Machine backups from Trash

I was trying to delete some old Time Machine backups from my backup drive. I am running into a few issues. I tried the method outlined in this article of simply moving them to the trash. After I ...
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Automatic removal of items from the trash after 30 days

Since Sierra, we can tell the Finder to remove items from the trash after 30 days. I have some questions about this: How can I tell how many days are left for a given file in the Trash? Where is ...
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Periodic System Maintenance: Running as non-root

I have had a daily maintenance script to clean out ~/Downloads via the periodic system for years. Recently I decided that I didn't want to delete the files but instead move them to ~/.Trash, allowing ...
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How to clear Trash after deleting old user profiles on macOS Catalina? [duplicate]

I probably did something that I was not supposed to do and now I ran into some kind of problem. I deleted two old user accounts from my Mac inside System Preferences to get some space back. However ...
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What's the difference between rm and empty trash?

If I put a file in the trash and "empty trash", is that the same as doing rm file? I understand that there are questions here asking about (e.g. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]), but no answer directly pertains ...
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Change directory in Terminal if working folder moved to Trash (in interactive shell)?

So occasionally I will be working in zsh, in an interactive shell, and will shift to the Finder (or Path Finder) and while there will throw the folder, that is the current working directory in the ...
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Suppress “Are you sure you want to delete…” dialogue when deleting items on SMB shares

When connected to an SMB share in Finder and deleting files or folders, this dialogue comes up: I believe that the reasoning behind this dialogue is because deleted files don't go to a Trash or ....
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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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Undeletable Apple Mail “DataVaults” File in Trash

I recently created a "testmail" user for debugging purposes. After solving the problem I had, I wanted to remove the user completely again. I may have made the mistake that I first removed the home ...
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Deleting a file on the NAS says “delete immediately” but it is still on the NAS's recycle bin?

I have a WD NAS, and sometimes I right click a file and choose "Move to Trash", a box pops up saying the file will be deleted immediately (and cannot be undone). So I thought I released the space. ...
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How to delete Time Machine Backups that were moved into Recycle Bin Trash?

I use Time Machine on an external drive to back up my files. The external drive was getting close to be being full so I moved all the backed up file folders to my Recycle Bin (Trash) on my Desktop to ...
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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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Mail on my Mac Pro running the latest update of High Sierra (newest OS I can use) keeps crashing when I use “Select All” to empty the trash

Application Specific Information: * Terminating app due to uncaught exception 'NSRangeException', reason: '* -[__NSArrayM objectAtIndexedSubscript:]: index 9223372036854775807 beyond bounds [0 .. 1]' ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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