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OS trashed boot.efi but won't let me empty it

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  • HansHilversumNetherlands Calculating status...
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    Nov 4, 2012 6:25 AM (in response to softwater)

    How simple things can be! I spended several hours to invent the wheel myself, instead of using the DONTDIY theorem. . Thank you very much!

  • msnmtaylor Calculating status...
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    Dec 2, 2012 9:34 AM (in response to softwater)

    Thank you very much. This helped me get rid of my boot.efi in my trash. Thanks a million

  • Larry McJunkin Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Dec 15, 2012 8:58 AM (in response to softwater)

    @softwater: I've tried your solution several times to no avail...the boot.efi (and five enclosing subfolders) still remain in my trash.  This started when I manually deleted a bunch of old TM backups on the external TM drive to free up some space.  Then when I emptied the trash about 100,000 files were deleted...except this one.

     

    When I enter the Terminal command to show hidden folders and then reset the Finder, the .Trash and .Trashes don't show up in the TM drive.  Any other ideas?  Thanks.

     

    NOTE: Disregard this message...when I used the Terminal command of "defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE; killall Finder" that I found on another site, this worked.  Entering them as two separate commands would not show the hidden .Trash or .Trashes.

  • Expanding_Since_1942 Calculating status...
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    Jan 15, 2013 6:13 AM (in response to softwater)

    The option option worked for me after having the same pesky problem for months!

  • followtx Calculating status...
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    Jan 21, 2013 8:31 PM (in response to softwater)

    Pressing down on option while clicking Empty totally worked for me, too! Thanks very much.

     

    I had been having problems trying to back up my computer using Time Machine, after deleting old back-ups on my external drive and still seeing them in Trash every time the drive is connected (with the boot.efi files still remaining), and when I try to back up it gets stuck in "cleaning up" for hours on and never gets anywhere. But after I was able to empty everything in Trash, backing up through Time Machine works like it used to!

  • GRUser Calculating status...
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    Feb 15, 2013 1:47 AM (in response to softwater)

    Hi,

     

    I've tried it but .Trashes looks to be empty and has a blue down looking arrow on it's lower right corner...

    I am running Mountain Lion. I don't know if it makes any difference.

  • Trialk Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 3, 2013 9:24 AM (in response to softwater)

    i have tried this a couple times and can see a file on my TM

    .Trashes but cannot open it. when i try to just view it i get a message

    The folder can't be opened because you don't have permissions to see it's contents

     

    i have tried the two pasted commands separate and could not see the .Trashes folder but when I tried them together i could see it. here is what i pasted:

     

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE; killall Finder

     

    any further suggestions or idesa?

  • Larry McJunkin Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Mar 3, 2013 1:22 PM (in response to Trialk)

    I finally gave up this the suggested methods of fixing this.  I downloaded "Trash It", a free utilitiy that is absolute one of the most useful and magical apps I've ever put on this Mac.  You can read about it at MacUpdate... http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/8214/trash-it! and see all the other great reviews about. 

  • Larry McJunkin Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Mar 3, 2013 7:37 PM (in response to softwater)

    Shameless plug?  I don't have a clue who it's developer is, but I just now searched for reviews on it and came up with over 4.5 of 5 stars everywhere I looked. Nowhere did I see where anyone had a problem with it. It's a free app with no ads and is highly reviewed everywhere I checked. I've personally used it several times now and have nothing but praise for it.

     

    Pardon me for offering a suggestion that works...when the usual guidance for fixing this problem didn't work. And do not imply that I have anything to do with this app merely because of my suggestion to use it.

  • Larry McJunkin Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Mar 3, 2013 8:16 PM (in response to softwater)

    Apology accepted. And for what it's worth, I'm a retired developer and tech business owner, and I do understand the implications of the words I used. I'm still trying to figure out what this app does that I can't do via Terminal, and actually, it is a little bit magical. If you stumble onto something that supports it doing any system harm, please post it...I'd like to know. Thanks.

  • GRUser Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Mar 3, 2013 11:45 PM (in response to softwater)

    Hi,

     

    any clue about my problem?

     

    I've tried it but .Trashes looks to be empty and has a blue down looking arrow on it's lower right corner...

    I am running Mountain Lion. I don't know if it makes any difference

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