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OS trashed boot.efi but won't let me empty it

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softwater Level 5 Level 5 (5,370 points)
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Sep 10, 2011 5:18 AM

I recently had to restore my system from TM Backup. After the restore, there's an old backup TM file in the trash which I can't remove. The principle reason I can't remove it is there's boot.efi file in there which is locked. Here's what I've tried

 

1. Changing the permission to read & write in the Get Info window.

This has no effect because the Locked option remains greyed out even after unlocking the permissions.

 

2. I've tried the advice given here: http://support.apple.com/kb/TS1402

The commands aren't accepted in Lion

 

3. sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash

Doesn't have any effect

 

4. From an earlier (2008) post about this problem, it was suggesed by Kappy to try advice from this site: http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/trash.html

Their advice basically ends up advising one of the first three things I tried.

 

Any other suggestions? Ten points for the winning postcard..

MacBook Pro 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.7), 4GB 1067 MHz DDR3
  • techkenb Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Nov 19, 2011 10:49 AM (in response to softwater)

    Thanks! That worked for me.

  • gwilanne Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 17, 2011 5:50 PM (in response to softwater)

    I have been trying to delete mine for hours and the option key doesn't work, I can't delete or move the file from my trash

  • henrique.correia Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 1, 2012 1:18 AM (in response to softwater)

    This works very fine. Best answer on the net.

  • ilivethebrand Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 5, 2012 4:05 PM (in response to softwater)

    Thanks for that option and empty button click. This seems to have worked for me. I have been fighting these files for a few weeks now and I like to use forums only after I have tried everything.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Thanks,

     

    Fredric Gant

    Macs are my life

    Life Coach / Cert. Herbal Nutritionist

    www.ilivethebrand.com

  • kingsx Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Feb 13, 2012 6:12 AM (in response to softwater)

    Thanks! This did the trick!

  • AldinhoRufus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jul 7, 2012 3:43 PM (in response to softwater)

    Excelent solution!!

  • Run4Jesus Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 27, 2012 6:53 PM (in response to softwater)

    softwater - You are awesome! Thanks so very much! I was working on that for hours.

  • zpearl Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 7, 2012 4:47 PM (in response to softwater)

    Worked for me like a charm.... Thanks

  • ragtacker Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 13, 2012 9:25 AM (in response to softwater)

    After hours of searching It worked like magic !!!   thank you

  • Daniel-Elek-Diamanta Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 23, 2012 12:26 PM (in response to softwater)

    Wow! Been scratching my head for DAYS! Deleted with the terminal method. At one point I thought I had deleted everything from my external, including my job... remounted the drive and they appeared again. PHEW! Nearly died! lol. THANKS!!

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