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  • Woop Level 1 (40 points)
    Yes! That's the magic solution! Thank you for directing me to that thread, which I hadn't seen before.

    Everything's good now.

    I do in fact run Windows (Vista), but it is on an NTFS volume. I set up a large FAT32 partition for my games and for transferring files from OS X to Vista. I didn't pay attention to the .Trashes in there, but that was the problem. There was a file that appeared to be something like ¬ or ¬. Strange, yes, however a simple permanent delete of the 501 folder seems to do it. I ran a Chkdsk /F /X just in case, which returned no errors.

    Thanks so much everyone who helped me through this. I hope others will the same problem will have an easier time finding the solution now.

    I don't know if Apple support would be able to help if they even knew about this issue. Anyway. Case solved.
  • Heymike Level 1 (65 points)
    If you have a windows partition, usually formatted as FAT 32, there is a problem with the .Trashes folder on that partition. The folder is hidden while viewing the files in the Mac Finder, but it can be seen when booted into windows.

    I repaired the problem by booting into windows using Parallels and running the Check Disk Utility for windows hard drives. (Open My Computer, right click on the C drive and click properties. Click on the tools tab, then click repair hard drive. Make sure there is a check in the box that says "repair errors". Then you will be prompted to reboot. Check Disk will run on reboot)

    Check Disk found the error in the .Trashes/501 folder and repaired it. Now my Trash in OS X does not have the strange characters when I empty it.

    I haven't tried it, but I would assume that if I just booted into windows, (through bootcamp or Parallels, or VMWare Fusion) and deleted the .Trashes folder on the C drive, that would work also. If you have an external drive formatted in FAT 32, you can plug it into a windows machine and you should be able to do the same thing.

    Hope this helps, good luck.
  • Woop Level 1 (40 points)
    Thanks mike for your post. You're right, the trashes folder on Windows FAT32 partitions is the answer.
  • wonkabar Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you so much for your post. Worked like a charm. Everything else on this topic was wrong. Leave it to windows to screw up a mac.
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