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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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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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Is it safe to `rm` folders from the .Trashes folder on an external drive?

I trashed some folders from an external drive using the finder. They are now in that drives .Trashes folder. When I right click them in the trash (aka Finder) and select "Delete Immediately..." it ...
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Deleted time machine backups from external HD, but did not free space

Time machine backups filled my 4TB external HD. To free space, I deleted a handful of the particular backups from: /Volumes/Winston's 4TB/Backups.backupdb/ Those files ended up in the trash bin ...
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How to automatically clear items in Trash after a week? [duplicate]

I'm using macOS High Sierra. It has a feature to automatically clear items in Trash after they are deleted for 30 days. But I want to clear items in a week. Is it possible?
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How can I permanently delete folders from /var/folders/ situated in Trash?

I recently encountered an error where none of the applications would open, similar to this. I was able to resolve the issue by using Go to Folder... option under the Go menu and navigating to /var/...
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Trash directories on mac - How to find them and how to properly clear them

So, I am writing a little piece of software in Go. It is a library that allows clearing the trashbin and moving files into the trashbin. However besides ~/.Trash there are other trash folders per ...
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Can't empty trash

I was working on a Node.js and Express project. I installed a module for TypeScript in VSCode for intellisense. I subsequently deleted the project, but it compiled those modules in .compile in same ...
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Files stuck in Trash

So I recently had to reinstall my OS on my MBP. After the reinstall I attempted to open Chrome, but it would not open...I forget the error message. It was like there was a file missing or something. ...
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Accidentally moved framework file to trash and now finder continuously fails [duplicate]

I have the exact same problem as this person: Accidentally deleted a system framework, macOS screwed!, except that I removed; Social.framework, Weathkit.framework and ContactsAgent.framework. Finder ...
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Can't Delete Time Machine Backups, Can't Move Them Out of Trash

I think this is similar to this question, but I'm having a slightly different problem. I've been using an external LaCie drive for my Time Machine and SuperDuper backups. But I was getting messages ...
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“include” folder that I can't delete from iCloud Drive .Trash

There is an empty folder in my trash can, its called "include", and whenever I delete it, it just reappears. The actual folder is in ~/iCloud/.Trash but if I delete it either through emptying the ...
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My hard drive says 5tb but finder can only see 320gb?

The drive has verified ok, disk repair sees no issue. I did a search in the Finder as advised. FOLDERS + CONTENTS <1 and it returned all my empty folders after a duplicate clean. Then I said "...
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Is “Trash” an actual location on the physical hard drive?

When I don't want something anymore and it says: "Moving to trash," is it actually moving the data, or just updating its path or giving a special "Trashed" label or something?
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Why does “System Information” want access to Contacts to auto-empty trash?

macOS High Sierra – 10.13.3 (17D102) I clicked Apple / About This Mac / Storage / Manage, and System Information app launches with a series of suggestions to reduce disk usage. One suggestion is to ...
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Can't move items to Trash – resistant to usual fixes

On an internal data-only SATA HD, the OS forces me to delete files immediately, just as for removable media, a mounted network volume, or any unwritable volume. Already tried removing and recreating ...
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Cannot empty iCloud trash folder

I've had this infuriating problem for quite some time now, where I can't empty my Trash. More specifically, every time I empty it, there's a folder called temp(1) that keeps reappearing in there after ...
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How to recover .cpp files emptied from Trash?

About 4 days earlier I deleted my important c++ files along with other files on the desktop by mistake without even realizing and figured it out later. I'm unable to find .cpp files in the deepscan of ...
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Is encrypting then deleting the same as securely erasing?

So, recent versions of macOS no longer offer the option to Empty Trash Securely. From what I am reading here and here it seems the general consensus is that it is now best to encrypt files and then ...
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How can I get a persistent and unresponsive “Are you sure” message to go away?

I emptied the trash and the "Are you sure" message won't leave. The trash has been emptied. Neither of the buttons are responsive. Any idea what the process is so I can kill it?
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Contents of Images Folder in AddressBook - 3 million-plus files and counting, tens of gigabytes

I was getting sick of running CleanMyMac to scrape back a few GB of space here and there, so used DaisyDisk and discovered in /Users/user/Library/AddressBook/Images something like 50+ GB of space ...
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How to delete infinitely recurring directories

I have a strange issue with deleting items from the Trash. It appears that there are infinite nested directories which I cannot seem to remove. If I try to "empty" the trash I get an error which reads ...
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What application causes Recovered files folders with a .LINKS folder inside?

So I'm aware that Recovered files in Trash usually means that an application stored something under /tmp and didn't clear it up properly. Usually it's fairly obvious what application created them, for ...
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Strange folder in trash does not delete even in safe mode

I have a very strange folder in trash that cannot be deleted, even in safe mode. It looks like this: a/b/a/b/a/b/a/b/a/b... "STM32NucleoPowerControl is the name of my old programming project I don'...
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If I delete photos/files why aren't they actually deleted? How come they can be recovered?

I am trying to delete some photos from my daughter's Photos Library/Hard Drive. What I have done so far is that I have moved the photos to the trash and emptied it. Now the problem is, deleted files/...
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Trash is not getting emptied no matter how many times I click on empty trash option!

I recently cleared my system caches and as usual moved them to trash and then clicked empty trash. After the cleanup I was designing some stuff when my eyes fell upon the trash icon, it was full ...
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Accidentally deleted /etc/paths

I had recently messed up my $PATH variable so I thought if fixing it by removing the /etc/paths but I found out online solutions to fix the $PATH variable by just editing the ~/.bash_profile so I ...
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Undo move files from the “all my files” to the trash folder

I transferred by mistake some files from the "all my files" folder to the trash folder (but haven't emptied it). Do I risk to delete these files? How can I undo this?
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Recover particular “Folder” which is permanently deleted from desktop

I had a folder name "FruitFest" in my desktop. It's basically an iOS App project which includes a lot of files & xcode bundle in it. Today I accidentally deleted it into my trash and later on I ...
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Folders in trash won't get deleted? Says they are “in use”

Ok, I have tried even doing in terminal ~/Trash then rm -rf to clear it manually, and in my Finder preferences I have deselected the "give warning" when emptying trash icon. My issue is I have these ...
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Deleted items don't go into trash [duplicate]

On MacOS, El Capitan, any file I delete from Finder does not go to the Trash, it is deleted completely. When I delete a file the warning message says "you are about to permanently delete the file". ...
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Trash will not empty

Any tips on forcing the laggards in my trash folder to disappear would be greatly appreciated. So far no terminal commands or disabling SIP have been successful - any tips?
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Empty Trash Hook

Is there a way to trigger some custom code to run if somebody tries to empty the trash like for login / logout hooks? Is there a way to interrupt the empty trash process for non-admin users?
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Is it possible to trigger the built-in Trash sound effect via AppleScript?

If one moves any file to the Trash folder on a Mac, by default, a short sound effect plays through the Mac's audio output (assuming that the system audio has not been muted). I have an .scpt file ...
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Can't delete files in the Trash in a SD card. Files are both there and not there

I wanted to delete some files on an SD card but then emptying the trash would take too long so I just canceled it and went with terminal to wipe it manually with rm -rf But then there are some ...
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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 ...