13 Replies Latest reply: Dec 22, 2009 3:40 PM by Lieven Baeten
bigaust Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Everytime I try to empty my trash, it stalls out for (at this point), up to 2 hrs.

MBP 2.4, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • A A P L Level 7 Level 7 (21,730 points)
    In Finder preferences, is it set to "Empty Trash Securely" in the Advanced tab?
    That can be very slow...
  • Dale Weisshaar Level 6 Level 6 (15,865 points)

    In case you need it, here's Resolving Trash issues.





  • JonathanBriggs Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am having the same super slow trash emptying under SL. Way slower than in Leopard.

    Needs a fix.
  • jkoz4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having an awful trash emptying issue as well. It says that there are five items in the trash (there are only three) and took forever to empty. Now I'm tossing out four items and it says there are six. And it's stupid slow, again. Just upgraded to SL.
  • bob_de_grazer Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Go to Finder preferences. Uncheck 'Secure empty Trash'. That will do the trick.
  • Don Green Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks.. that works
  • jsml Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    I'm having the same problem, or at least I was...meaning, now it just closes its own window.

    Earlier, I had 4 external HDs attached and it was saying I had 26,600 items to delete. Closing all the ext HDs left me with 1,600 items in my trash can, but when I tried to delete, it was saying it had 50,000+ left to do (more than it did when I had the other drives connected!) and it would just suddenly close itself.
  • jsml Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
    Whoops, posted above before reading the preferences thing from someone else in another thread and seeing the same thing also mentioned above. (Finder > File > Preferences > Advanced, uncheck Securely Empty) --> worked for me!
  • afpc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    That works for me too. Many thanks.

    I am just wondering that before the upgrade to snow leopard the same setting took minutes and now after the upgrade it takes hours to delete large folders (say 1.500.000 files).
  • bigaust Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Secure-Empty, uncheck.
  • l0g0p7 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I'm having a similar problem where I empty the trash and the finder crashes. I have the empty trash securely off. Any ideas?
  • Julian927 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    If I try to move items to trash it won't let me. It says, "This item will be deleted immediately."
    I have looked in Finder > Preferences and made sure that "Empty Trash Securely" is not ticked.
    I have tried one suggestion which was to Force Quit Finder and click Relaunch twice. That didn't work.
    I have MAC OS X Version 10.6.2 Snow Leopard
    Can anyone help?
  • Lieven Baeten Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
    I had this problem too. Logging out and in again did not recreate the Trash and I was unable to create a new .Trash file with Terminal. The problem appeared to be a wider one: I could not create new files or folders in my Home directory anymore (although I had the permissions to do so).

    The solution I found was to reset permissions on the Home folder. To do so:
    - Restart from the (Snow) Leopard dvd.
    - After choosing a language, choose Reset Password from the Utilities menu.
    - Click Reset Home Directory Permissions.
    - Quit the installer and restart.

    Your Trash will resume it's normal behavior.