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K Gabriel Calculating status...
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Apr 17, 2011 5:12 AM

I have emptied my trash using a number of methods: Finder, Onyx, Pathfinder. It still seems to have nine items in it. They do not show up after deletion; however, if I throw one thing in the trash and tell it to empty itself, it says it is emptying 10 items. The stuff I throw in gets emptied quickly, the last nine mystery items take some time. I don't have a clue what is going on. This is nothing more than something making me crazy, it is not really an issue per se.

  • Carolyn Samit Level 10 Level 10 (84,095 points)
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    Apr 17, 2011 5:30 AM (in response to K Gabriel)



    Help here for solving trash problems.












  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Apr 17, 2011 7:24 AM (in response to K Gabriel)

    It's possible those items are from another drive or volume, if that's the case you need to trash them.



    If not...

    Go to /Applications /Utilities/Terminal and launch it.

    At the prompt, copy and paste this command

    sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash

    Press Return.

    You will be asked to enter your admin password. It will be invisible.

    Enter it and press Return.

    Log out and back in or restart.


    Let us know.

  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)
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    Apr 17, 2011 6:15 PM (in response to K Gabriel)

    Are you using Secure Empty Trash rather than just emptying the trash routinely?


    In my system, every mounted volume seems to contribute a minimum of two items that get deleted by Secure Empty Trash, even if there is just a single item in the dock Trash window beforehand. Making hidden files visible does not show any additional items in the various Trash folders before the secure delete.


    I currently have a total of 16 partitions mounted. If I first Secure Empty the Trash, then put a single item into the Trash from my Desktop and then Secure Empty the Trash again, I will see a progress window saying that 34 items are being deleted. Reducing the number of mounted volumes reduces the count by two for each volume that is unmounted.

  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)
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    Apr 18, 2011 5:56 AM (in response to K Gabriel)

    You're very welcome, glad it got straightened out! 

  • Graham Perrin Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 5:14 AM (in response to jsd2)

    > 16 partitions


    From more than one disk, yes?


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