6 Replies Latest reply: Jul 4, 2010 5:56 AM by Graham K. Rogers
baccalad Level 1 Level 1
I am trying to delete an mkv file that is in the trash but it says that it is in use. I have tried restarting without opening any applications and I still get the same message.

MacBook Pro, iPhone 3gs, Mac OS X (10.6.4), It's very cool
Solved by Graham K. Rogers on Jul 4, 2010 12:28 AM Solved
That could be linked to one of your startup items. The MKV files are media files (windows media player) so do you start up with Flash or iTunes or anything else related?To get rid of such a recalcitrant file, try the Secure Empty Trash instead of the standard operation.
  • Graham K. Rogers Level 5 Level 5
    That could be linked to one of your startup items. The MKV files are media files (windows media player) so do you start up with Flash or iTunes or anything else related?

    To get rid of such a recalcitrant file, try the Secure Empty Trash instead of the standard operation.
  • baccalad Level 1 Level 1
    Secure empty trash seems to be taking a while. Even though there was only one item in my trash, which was the .mkv file. It said that it was deleting 4 items. There is 3 items left to delete now and it has stalled half way through the progress bar.
  • baccalad Level 1 Level 1
    There we go it worked. But one question I have is why did it say there was 4 items to delete, but there was only one file in the trash which was the .mkv file.
  • Graham K. Rogers Level 5 Level 5
    It often does take a while. For one things it writes over the space a few times so you are not emptying it once you are emptying it over and over again.

    Why 4 files? You may have had an invisible file in there, or the MKV file may have contained other data (some files on Macs are actually packages). I am not familiar with this type of file. Where did it come from: do you trust its source?
  • baccalad Level 1 Level 1
    I had a DVD and I ripped it using HandBrake but I didn't get all the settings right, so I chucked it into the trash.
  • Graham K. Rogers Level 5 Level 5
    That could be it. There may have been other components. I am not familiar with Handbrake (although I know what it does).