First off, my trash has been 'emptying' for over two days now and the status bar has not moved at all.
Secondly, when I try to stop emptying, it will just say emptying and not do anything.
Thirdly, my mac will not restart unless I exit out of the finder (trash) but because it will not stop emptying I cannot restart unless I hold down the power button.
How do I fix this and/or get the trash to empty?
I currently have 581 files waiting to be deleted, is it because I have so many items?
I had 103,000 files in my trash, and trash would not empty (system would hang).
I tried a few of the tricks mentioned here and on other forums, but what worked for me was to simply:
The problem for me turned out to be a result of having a disk image from another laptop in my trash. I ended up moving all the files except the disk image out of the trash and then holding shift+option and erasing trash. It took about a half hour to remove the 200,000+ files in the disk image, but after that my trash was back to working properly.
I've been trying for the last 24 hours to empty my trash. I noticed my computer's performance was off, and decided to go check it out.
For me, the issue had to do with Google drive. I had downloaded my work Drive onto my home computer when my work computer was malfunctioning. Drive downloaded about 30K files to my local hard drive, which was slowing things down.
I couldn't just empty the trash. But hitting the Option hit and then empty trash worked. Thanks for the suggestion.