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Unable to Empty Trash of "locked items"

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robandkate Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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May 13, 2008 1:48 AM
Unable to Empty Trash of "locked items" even when holding down "option key"
mac 20" 2.4 ghz 3gb + MBP 15" 2.4 ghz 2gb, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • Björn Herrmann Level 4 Level 4 (2,450 points)
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    May 13, 2008 2:02 AM (in response to robandkate)
    Tried again after reboot?
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 30" ACD
  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    May 13, 2008 2:04 AM (in response to robandkate)
    Have you tried dragging them out of the trash and "Get Info", then under General (turn the disclosure triangle if necessary) and un-check mark, "Locked".

    Another way would be to use terminal. Copy and paste this at the command line then, press return.
    sudo chflags nouchg ~/.Trash/*
    You will be prompted for your password, when you enter it, it will not be visible.



    -mj

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    iMac 24" 2.16 GHz 3GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.5.2), iMac G4 17" 800 MHz 768MB/ iMac 333MHz 256 MB / LaCie d2s/ APC-UPS
  • Björn Herrmann Level 4 Level 4 (2,450 points)
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    May 13, 2008 2:50 AM (in response to robandkate)
    OK, then it's clear that the folder is coming from your Boot Camp Windows partition. Reboot in Windows and use Scandisk to repair your Windows HD. You can also try to repair your Windows partition in OS X using Disk Utility.

    If both do not help you may need to empty the contents of the folder ".Trashes" on /Volumes/<NAME OF WINDOWS HD>

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    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2), 30" ACD
  • Danny Clancy1 Calculating status...
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    May 13, 2008 7:24 AM (in response to Björn Herrmann)
    Just for reference; There's a piece of software called BatChmod that allows you to unlock unlockable items and change permissions. It's helped me out of this problem before.

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  • robhallam Calculating status...
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    May 31, 2008 3:36 AM (in response to Danny Clancy1)
    Thanks, having same problems (locked items in trash) and Batchmod isn't working. I go through the whole cycle and the file's still locked. Holding down the option key while selecting delete doesn't work either. Help! There's have a GB of trash I need to get rid of!
    imac 20, Mac OS X (10.5.3)

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