View Full Version : empty the trash

26th December 2008, 10:04 PM
i am trying to empty my trash, it always shows items (paper in basket) it has an item in it of zero KB it has a few dots and wierd lines as its description.
How do i get rid of it and clean it out?

26th December 2008, 10:16 PM
tried "secure empty trash" in the Finder menu?

26th December 2008, 10:19 PM
..and if that helpful suggestion fails, here is some further reading on the trash subject! trash (http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/trash.html)

26th December 2008, 10:59 PM
nope no fix from there, i even went down the terminal path. i still have trash!

26th December 2008, 11:02 PM
Maybe try a "Option" + "Empty" (Trash)

El Guardo
26th December 2008, 11:05 PM
Remove the file from Trash, rename it to something normal like 'deleteme', and then try deleting again.

26th December 2008, 11:29 PM
I have the same problem on my macbook. if you remove the file to desktop it disappears until you reboot the computer and it comes back in your trash...

Here is a screen cap of what it looks like.

http://img156.imageshack.us/img156/899/picture3on0.th.png (http://img156.imageshack.us/my.php?image=picture3on0.png)

26th December 2008, 11:41 PM
Chances are that you deleted something from a USB stick without emptying the recycle bin. Try reinsert your memory stick and you should be able to delete it.

27th December 2008, 12:09 AM
Install Main Menu and use the Force Empty Trash Command under finder

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27th December 2008, 12:19 AM
doesnt work.

I have found if you drag it out of trash it disappears then reappears in trash

27th December 2008, 12:48 AM
If thats the case, then its probably from an external drive. I had the same issue and it related to deleting items from an external drive and then not emptying the recycle bin while the drive was still attached

27th December 2008, 03:17 AM
Out of curiosity, have you tried restarting?
Tried generating a text document, throwing it in the trash and emptying?

It'll be something simple as MissionMan suggested, an external hard drive doing it, might pay to plug each one in and try to trash (You've probably started trashing something while improperly ejecting the drive)

27th December 2008, 07:33 AM
I had this problem a while ago. It is caused by a corruption in bootcamp. I am assuming you have bootcamp installed. As I an on n iPhone I can't cut and paste. Do a forum search for a thread I started on not being able to empty trash and you should get your answer/resolution.
Yoi need to boot into windows, schedule chkdisk, reboot into windows and it should find then repair errors in the .Trashes/501 directory. Reboot into osx and it should fix your problem.