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trash won't empty straight away still emptying now after 4 hours any ideas

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Samantha134 Calculating status...
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Apr 3, 2012 9:20 AM

Hi there im trying to empty the trash on my imac and its still trying to empty after 4 hours any ideas why this is ?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,030 points)

    What did you put in the Trash? Activate the Finder then look for Trash under the Window menu and select it. See if there are any error messages or other helpful information.

     

    You can visit The XLab FAQs and read the FAQ on resolving Trash problems. Also, Trash It! is a helpful utility to have.

  • RRFS Level 5 Level 5 (4,425 points)

    Please say you didn't trash TimeMachine Backups! It will require a reformat of your drive to rid yourself of them!

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    Samantha134 wrote:

     

    Hi there im trying to empty the trash on my imac and its still trying to empty after 4 hours any ideas why this is ?

     

    If you put thousands of files into the trash then it is not unconceivable it could take hours.

     

    Try using Trash It!.

  • RRFS Level 5 Level 5 (4,425 points)

    Trash it is great but it too can't remove TimeMachine Backup files. They have a unique interwoven structure where they work as a single unit but are seperate files and trash deletion removes one file at a time if it isnot in use.

  • RRFS Level 5 Level 5 (4,425 points)

    There may be another thing to try, hold the option key and click on the trashbin. Then click on empty trash from that menu. Sometimes that will resolve easy problems.

  • X423424X Level 6 Level 6 (14,190 points)

    RRFS wrote:

     

    Trash it is great but it too can't remove TimeMachine Backup files. They have a unique interwoven structure where they work as a single unit but are seperate files and trash deletion removes one file at a time if it isnot in use.

     

    OP hasn't said (yet) what s/he is trying to trash.

  • tinybasket Calculating status...

    Okay so what if someone had done that. How do we reformat the drive?

  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,030 points)

    Drive Preparation for Snow Leopard

     

    1. Boot from your OS X Installer Disc. After the installer loads select your language and click on the Continue button.  When the menu bar appears select Disk Utility from the Utilities menu.

     

    2. After DU loads select your hard drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Note the SMART status of the drive in DU's status area.  If it does not say "Verified" then the drive is failing or has failed and will need replacing.  SMART info will not be reported  on external drives. Otherwise, click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.

     

    3. Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one. Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to GUID then click on the OK button. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Partition button and wait until the process has completed.

     

    Drive Preparation for Lion

     

    1.  Restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the COMMAND and R keys until the menu screen appears. Alternatively, restart the computer and after the chime press and hold down the OPTION key until the boot manager screen appears. Select the Recovery HD and click on the downward pointing arrow button. Select Disk Utility from the main menu and click on the Continue button.

     

    2. After DU loads select your hard drive (this is the entry with the mfgr.'s ID and size) from the left side list. Note the SMART status of the drive in DU's status area.  If it does not say "Verified" then the drive is failing or has failed and will need replacing.  SMART info will not be reported  on external drives. Otherwise, click on the Partition tab in the DU main window.

     

    3. Under the Volume Scheme heading set the number of partitions from the drop down menu to one. Click on the Options button, set the partition scheme to GUID then click on the OK button. Set the format type to Mac OS Extended (Journaled.) Click on the Partition button and wait until the process has completed.

  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    Samantha134 wrote:

     

    Hi there im trying to empty the trash on my imac and its still trying to empty after 4 hours any ideas why this is ?

     

    Cancel the Trash empty and run through this list of fixes and stop before #16.

     

    Step by Step to fix your Mac

  • AChar Calculating status...

    I havent been able to get rid of my backup timemachine files that I sent to the trash. That alone didn't create a slow down, I just can't delete. But the rest of them that were holding me up for hours too. I left it running and went to work and still held up.

     

    I shut down the computer. Then I unplugged it for a couple minutes. I plugged in again, and restarted. Then I emptied my trash. It worked.

     

    Mind you, since I was organizing new hard drives, I had long trash times, but no where near getting stuck.

     

    Also, I think because one of my hard drives were formatted wrong, it may have added to the problem. I can't be sure, but I noticed a remarkable difference in trash out times when I formatted correctly. (I accidently bought a hard drive and didn't format for "Mac OS (journaled case sensitive)" like usual, and left it on Windows NT. It actually worked and I could use my files on Mac that I saved on that drive, but it was creating wacky problems.

     

    Dunno if that helped, but I spent hours here looking for help and no one knew a thing about what was happening to me, and you never know if what I figured out helps someone else.

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