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Digital Dick Calculating status...
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Jan 15, 2013 9:11 AM

Hi all,

I have 40GB stuck in the trash ..I get:

 

'The operation can’t be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code -8003)'


if I try to move them to the desktop they start to make a duplicate of themselves!

I had a similar 'error occurred' message earlier when I tried to copy these file to my WD 2tb ext drive?

 

Not sure if this is relevant but in the last week I had the Genius bar replace my Segate HD (recalled) ..so I have a fresh Snow Leopard OS

thank god for time machine!

thanks in advance

 

Digital Dick

aka Richard

 

2009 iMac - Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz 12Gb ram OSX 10.6.8

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Intel Core 2 Duo 3.06 GHz 12Gb ram
  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 9:51 AM (in response to Digital Dick)

    Is this the result of deleting Time Machine backups? If it is https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2496607?start=0&tstart=0

     

    If not, where did the 40GB come from?

     

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  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)
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    Jan 15, 2013 3:46 PM (in response to Digital Dick)

    Each disk/volume has its own trash, so we first have to determine which trash the 40GB ended up in, and if the original your were copying over still exists on the internal of the Mac. The latter is easy to answer just by looking, the second by simply disconnecting the external first then looking in the Trash of the Mac. If it's not there, it's in the external's Trash.

     

    First, see if the trash will empty this way:

    1. Press and hold the mouse button on the Trash icon in the Dock. The context menu for Trash will display.
    2. Press and hold the Option key or the Shift-Option keyboard combination,
    3. Select Empty Trash from the context menu for Trash.
    4. Release the keys pressed and held in step 2.

     

    If you still have the original you were copying over on the internal of the Mac--you don't want to do this unless you do--and what your were copying over resides now in the Mac's Trash, then copy/paste only the following into Terminal in Utilities, which will nuke the Mac's Trash. A typo can be disastrous, so only copy/paste.

     

    sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash

     

    Hit return and you will be prompted for your admin password, which won't be displayed in any form. You will also get a scary warning about using the sudo prefix. Hit return again and the entire Trash of the Mac, including the Trash folder, will be nuked. It will take some time to empty the 40GB, so wait until you get a new $ sign prompt, which will indicate it's finished. When you do just close the window. To restore the Mac's trash folder, not the contents, just log out and back in.

     

    If the 40GB is in the trash of the external, then you will have to enter the following. And here, since I don't know the name of the external volume, you will have to be extremely careful. If there are any spaces in the name of the external, it must be entered, as in the example below, in quotes. If not, then no quotes. Note: there is a space between sudo rm and between rm and -rf. There is no space between / (the forward slash) and Volumes. This is critical. Trashes here is plural. When entering the name of the external, pay attention to case. Except for the possibility of spaces in the name of the external, there are no more spaces in this command.

     


    sudo rm -rf /Volumes/"name of external volume"/.Trashes

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)
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    Jan 16, 2013 4:51 AM (in response to Digital Dick)

    That's it. You've got it, except when finished, eject the external then remount it. Logging out and back in is only if you've done an rm (remove/delete) for the Mac's internal Trash. And give it time, 40GB will take a while.

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)
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    Jan 16, 2013 5:09 AM (in response to Digital Dick)

    Step 7 should be  eject and remount the external to recreate the external's Trash folder.

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)
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    Jan 16, 2013 5:43 AM (in response to Digital Dick)

    Hit return and you will be prompted for your admin password, which won't be displayed in any form.

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)
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    Jan 16, 2013 9:08 AM (in response to Digital Dick)

    MIght try the following, Start with FIXES. It's for Leopard, but should work in Snow.

     

    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-10329971-263.html

     

    Or this one directly for Snow

     

    http://www.macobserver.com/tmo/article/how_to_resolve_user-level_permissions_iss ues_mac_os_x

     

    Reset Home Folder Permissions and ACLs

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (11,875 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 7:39 AM (in response to Digital Dick)

    Some possibiities: 1. this is isn't the right DVD. Is this the original one that came with the Mac? 2. Is it scratched or unclean?

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