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2800 Views 11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 26, 2010 10:18 AM by putnik RSS
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Jun 4, 2010 3:59 PM
Hi Everyone,

I am trying to empty my trash (66items ~280mb) and when I click empty trash my computer partially freezes and starts emptying trash starting at ~3000 items and proceeds to take forever, I left it on overnight and only 80 items emptied overnight.

I have googled and trawled the forums for answers and the only ones I have seen posted it to click off the secure empty trash option, which I have done with any relief. I have also updated my software to the latest version of Mac OS v 10.6

I am new to the world of Apple and any help with this issue would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers,
J
MacBook Pro 15, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,250 points)
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    Jun 4, 2010 4:06 PM (in response to JHPRO)
    Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,235 points)
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    Jun 4, 2010 4:12 PM (in response to JHPRO)
  • CMCSK Level 6 Level 6 (10,250 points)
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    Jun 4, 2010 4:17 PM (in response to JHPRO)
    Go to Applications>Utilities>Disk Utility and select your volume and then select Repair Permissions.



    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=25751
    Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,235 points)
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    Jun 4, 2010 4:31 PM (in response to JHPRO)
    You cannot selectively empty things in the trash using the GUI tools.
    27" iMac i7 12 GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.3), G4 450 MP GB 1.5 GB RAM w/(10.5.8/10.4.11/9.2.2)
  • jsd2 Level 5 Level 5 (6,200 points)
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    Jun 4, 2010 4:51 PM (in response to JHPRO)
    There are 3rd-party freeware utilities available which can sometimes be helpful - take a look at [Trash It!|http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/8214/trash-it!].
    Mac Mini, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • mlewis.nuca Calculating status...
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    Jun 26, 2010 2:35 AM (in response to JHPRO)
    I recently updated to 10.6.4 and it's also taking an age to delete even one small file, securely emptying the trash with 10.5.8 took seconds to a few minutes no matter what the file size was. It's also making my MacBook's fan kick into overdrive which seems unnecessary, i'm just deleting a few files not trying to render a film :/
    MacBook4.1, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • macjack Level 9 Level 9 (50,445 points)
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    Jun 26, 2010 3:43 AM (in response to JHPRO)
    Go to /Applications /Utilities/Terminal and launch it.
    At the prompt, copy & paste this command
    sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash
    Press Return.
    You will be asked to enter your admin password. It will be invisible.
    Enter it and press Return.
    Log out and back in or restart.

    Let us know.



    -mj
    iMac 24" 2.16 GHz 3GB RAM/22" external HP display, Mac OS X (10.6.3), iMac G4 17" 800 MHz 768MB/ iMac 333MHz 256 MB / a gaggle of LaCie d2s/ APC-UPS
  • putnik Level 3 Level 3 (620 points)
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    Jun 26, 2010 10:18 AM (in response to JHPRO)
    May I suggest that you de-activate "secure delete trash" in Finder>Preferences>Advanced until the present problem is solved.

    If you are really worried about security you can later use the Utilities>Disk Utility>Erase and choose "Erase Free Space". This will wipe all previously deleted data on the disk.
    MacBook Pro 13" 2.53GHz August 2009, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Router - Belkin N1 Vision F5D8632

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