3 Replies Latest reply: Aug 8, 2011 3:28 PM by The New Messiah
JWR9 Level 1 (0 points)
Four days ago I moved several gigs of photos off a large pen drive, onto CDs, to clear space on the pen drive. Once I'd burned the CDs, I deleted all the picture folders, which went into the trash. Then I emptied the trash. One folder, a few hundred megabytes in size, remained. A box popped up saying, "This operation can't be completed because you don't have permission to access some of the items." No matter how many times I try to delete it, the same thing happens. At this point I have about ten more items in the trash, and because of this snag, none can be deleted. My trash bin is filling rapidly. A few things:

1. I've tried deleting the folder both with the pen drive inserted, and with it out. Neither works.
2. I've restarted the computer several times; same problem.
3. Neither the main problem folder, nor the subfolders within it, are locked.
4. I'm the admin person for my computer, so I have all admin access.
5. I have NOT looked at the info for every single picture (there are hundreds) to see if one is perhaps locked. Can one locked jpg file shut down the entire trash bin?

Any suggestions?

Macbook (aluminum, late 2008), Mac OS X (10.6.1)
  • Limnos Level 8 (47,347 points)
    *Trash Problems*
    If trash can't delete because an item is busy, try restarting the computer.

    If trash won't delete because an item is locked, try holding down the option key when emptying the trash.

    Try booting to Safe Mode (hold down the shift key while booting, restart may take a long time but let it go), sometimes just doing that works. Restart normally.

    [You can't empty the Trash or move a file to the Trash in Mac OS X|http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1526]

    [Solving Trash Problems|http://www.thexlab.com/faqs/trash.html]

    [How To Fix Stubborn Trash and Why it Won't Delete|http://www.osxfaq.com/Tutorials/LearningCenter/HowTo/Trash/index.ws]

    [rccharles: Discussion on trashing problem files with Terminal commands|http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=9168842#9168842]

    [Mini-tutorial: Force-deleting stubborn or problematic files in Mac OS X...|http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-10328342-263.html]

    [Trash immediately emptying and permanently deleting file when you drag a file to it|http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=11390063]

    *Utilities for emptying trash*
    [Trash It!|http://www.nonamescriptware.com/?page_id=5]


    [Super Empty Trash 2.3|http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/16727] - Simple AppleScript applet that will empty the Trash with administrator privileges

    [What's Keeping Me|http://www.hamsoftengineering.com/products/wkm/wkm.html] - lists files open and applications that are using them

    Finally, don't forget that some flash drives have a lock switch on them that you physically have to move.
  • JWR9 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hey, thanks. One of the articles you posted helped.
  • The New Messiah Level 1 (0 points)

    Had this exact problem, and per the original response I used Super Empty Trash, which worked very well.