2 Replies Latest reply: Jan 29, 2010 7:45 AM by Rich Chapman
Rich Chapman Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
I have an external drive containing a folder that I want deleted. I have no applications running, and when I put it into the trash it gives me this message:
The operation can't be completed because the item "ANY NAME HERE" is in use. STOP or CONTINUE

I have tried to delete the file using two different computers, MacPro running Snow Leopard and a MacbookPro running Tiger.
How do I delete it?

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,130 points)
    check to see what process is using this folder.
    run the following terminal command

    sudo lsof path/to/folder

    to get the path to the folder in question drag it to the terminal window. make sure all the spaces in the command are present as given.you'll have to enter your admin password (which you won't see). that's normal.
  • Rich Chapman Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
    Not sure what I did, but after plugging and unplugging my LaCie Rugged external hard drive from different computers (while still spinning, I know, egads!) I was finally able to delete the pesky folder, which incidentally had nothing of value within it.
    Although not the best mainstream method of solving the problem, it worked. This time.

    Thanks for your help! Rich