4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 22, 2014 12:24 AM by @..@
Roger Barre Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)

If I go into Finder to delete a bunch of files, it takes forever.  If I select 20 or 50 oor 100 files, it makes difference ... it's very, very slow.  Anything I can do to speed this up?


MacBookPro (Intel), Mac OS X (10.7.2)
  • astrodog73 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    What do you mean by delete - moving to trash, or emptying trash?

    If emptying trash is really slow you probably have 'empty trash securely' selected - this takes a while.... deselect it in Finder preferences and it will be fast.....

    If moving to trash is very slow, then I can't help sorry....

  • flying canoe Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    hi roger, i have seen this before on a Mac that was doing "secure empty trash" instead of a normal empty trash. on this particular Mac, the normal empty trash command was also missing from the Finder menu and i think i fixed that by deleting the Finder pref plist and rebooting.

     

    HTH.

  • Roger Barre Level 2 Level 2 (240 points)

    Sorry for not being clearer.  I mean deleting - moving items to the trash.  "Empty trash securely" is not selected. 

     

    Here's some more info ... sometimes doing a Force Quit on Finder and making Finder relaunch helps speeds things up, but then it slows down again pretty quickly. 

     

    So I opened up Activity Monitor and saw that Dropbox was eating up 40-50% of CPU.  I shut down Dropbox and that speeded things up.  I have no idea why Dropbox would slow down deleting files that were not in the Dropbox folder, but there it was.

     

    Any thoughts?

  • @..@ Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I also have this question too. You can go to finder in the menu bar > preferences > advanced > unchecked the " empty trash securely".

     

    Roger Barre wrote:

     

    If I go into Finder to delete a bunch of files, it takes forever.  If I select 20 or 50 oor 100 files, it makes difference ... it's very, very slow.  Anything I can do to speed this up?