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how do I delete Alias after original has been deleted?

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Aug 3, 2012 10:14 AM

Recently, I decided to clean up my mac and delete the files I don’t use. Turns out, a lot was mp3 files that were hidden.


Long story short, I copied my itunes music file onto an external hard drive, and then deleted all my mp3 files from my mac.


Or so I thought.


I searched under "All My Files" in my finder, and I found more MP3 files. However, I couldn't delete them, or drag them to the trash.

When trying to open them I receive the message:


The alias “songname.mp3” can’t be opened because the original item can’t be found.


Under it 3 choices: "Delete Alias", "Fix Alias..." and "OK"


     Clicking delete alias only makes the window pop back up again, and the alias remains.

     Fix alias allows me to find a new source to open... but all files turn up as errors and will not open.


I have right clicked the files, and would click on "Open Enclosing Folder" but nothing would happen.

I went into "Get Info" to try and change a new original, but I'm unable to click the box.


I'm looking for a way to delete the alias of these files and make more room on my computer.


Any extra advice or help would be very appreciated.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)


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