7 Replies Latest reply: Dec 31, 2012 9:37 PM by BDAqua
FranckSch Level 1 Level 1

Suddently, I can't move files into the trash. Anytime I select "move to trash". It will only propose me to delete the file permanently. Althoug the trash still appears on my dock, it does not appear anymore in the finder under my favorites or any other menu. Seems to have completely disappear from the computer. I'm on OS 10.7.4

Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10



    Solving Trash Problems...



  • FranckSch Level 1 Level 1

    I've been to this site and apply the solution. Still when I log out/log it or reboot, my trash still remain uneffective and problem remains. Of course, the system does not authorize me to create manually a /.Trash folder (name protected by the system). So I'm stuck ?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Is this the solution you tried?...



    Perform the following steps in the order specified:

    1.If the affected account is protected by FileVault, log in to the affected account, then switch to and log in to your Admin account via Fast User Switching. Otherwise, log in to your Admin account.
    2.Open Terminal, located in the Macintosh HD > Applications > Utilities folder.

    At the Terminal prompt, type one of the following commands:

    If the affected account is:Then type the Terminal command:
    Your Admin account:sudo rm -ri ~/.Trash
    Another user account:sudo rm -ri /Users/user_name/.Trash

    where user_name is the short name of the affected account.

    Note that:

    • There is a single space after each of the terms sudo, rm, and -ri in the command.
    • Assure you have typed the command exactly as specified before proceeding: typographical errors in this command can have dire consequences, including erasing your hard drive!
    4.Press Return.
    5.Type your Admin password when prompted, then press Return.
    6.Type y for yes in response to the subsequent prompts to delete each file in the trash and finally the affected .Trash folder itself. The prompts are finished when the Terminal prompt returns.
    7.If the affected account is your Admin account, log out. If the affected account was another user account that is logged in via Fast User Switching, log out of that account.
    8.Log in to the affected account. It will now have a new, working, and empty Trash.

    Steps 1-6 remove all files in the affected account's Trash as well as deleting the hidden and invisible ~/.Trash directory for that account. The remaining steps result in recreating the affected account's Trash, with proper ownership and permissions.

  • FranckSch Level 1 Level 1

    Yes exactly what I did. I still have a trash icon on my desk but when I click on it it just open the finder folder and I can't even move an object without being proposed to be deleted.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Are you moving it to the Trash, oe just moving it?


    Is the Trash icon in rhe Dock?

  • FranckSch Level 1 Level 1

    Both : either moving into the Trash icon on the Dock (still there) or moving it into the Trash finder winder.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10

    Bootup holding CMD+r, or the Option/alt key to boot from the Restore partition & use Disk Utility from there to Repair the Disk, then Repair Permissions.


    If that doesn't help Reinstall the OS.