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ListenToSkrillex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hello,

 

I had a folder on my external hard drive that i wanted to delete. it had about 10,000+ items in it, about 40 GB. I moved it to the trash, emptied the trash, and then my computer crashed and told me i had to hold down the power button.

 

When i logged in to my computer again i tried to empty the trash, but there was nothing in there, the folder i tried to delete was not visible, and i can't press the empty trash button because there is nothing to delete. the folder is no longer visible on my eternal hard drive, and it is not visible in the trash. Where the heck is it?

 

So i kept my ext hard drive plugged in, created a text edit document on my desktop, moved it to the trash, and it was visible in the trash so now i can press empty trash. The empty trash status bar appeared and said 0 items remaining but just stayed at half way, the trash wouldn't empty. I saw Locum in activity monitor was using about 99 percent cpu, so i left my macbook pro like this for a couple of days, but the trash would still not empty.

 

Also, if i move anyhting else from the ext drive into trash, it just dissapears and is not visible. My ext hard drive has only a few gigs of space left and i need to free up some space from it but i can't.

 

Can someone please help me?

 

Thanks

 

Ps. I'm not a very technical person


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • ListenToSkrillex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for your reply. I've checked that link before, but it didn't really help (maybe i didn't understand what to look at). I'm still not sure what to do. Can you advise?

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (62,010 points)

    Launch the Terminal app in Utiliteis, type in this command, substituting the actual name for the ext HD:

     

    ls -al "Volumes/"name of ext HD"/.Trashes/

     

    Copy and paste the results.

  • ListenToSkrillex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi. the name of the ext hd when i see it in the finder is Seagate Backup Plus Drive.

     

    So just to be sure i write this in terminal?

     

    ls -al Volumes/Seagate Backup Plus Drive/.Trashes/

     

    And then I press enter.

     

    And also what will this command do?


     


  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,755 points)

    Put Seagate Backup Plus Drive in quotes. The command will show the permissions for the external drive.

  • ListenToSkrillex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    These are the results

     

    Last login: Wed Jul 31 14:43:59 on ttys000

    Farrukh-Sheikhs-MacBook-Pro:~ farrukhsheikh$ ls -al Volumes/"Seagate Backup Plus Drive"/.Trashes/

    ls: Volumes/Seagate Backup Plus Drive/.Trashes/: No such file or directory

    Farrukh-Sheikhs-MacBook-Pro:~ farrukhsheikh$

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,755 points)

    Is the external on and mounted? Are you sure that's the right name?

  • ListenToSkrillex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yes I'm sure. The ext hd was plugged in the usb port when I entered the command in terminal. The picture below basically sums up everything that's going on. The hard drive name in the sidebar, the trash progress bar doesn't move, Locum 95ish% cpu.

     

    Screen shot 2013-07-31 at 5.31.50 PM.png

  • ListenToSkrillex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    sorry about the quality. i think just click the picture to make it fullscreen.

  • ListenToSkrillex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Screen shot 2013-07-31 at 5.48.07 PM.png

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,755 points)

    Try the ls -al command this way. First get the proper path of the external. To do that, just open Terminal and drag in the external. Then copy the path. It will show the path with backslashes where there are spaces. Next, with a new Terminal $ sign prompt, enter ls -al leave a space and paste in the path you got before and then the rest of the command. It will look something like this.

     

    I'm making this one up. No quotes this time.

     

    ls -al /Volumes/New\ External\ Drive/.Trashes/

  • WZZZ Level 6 Level 6 (12,755 points)

    Leave off the quotes in the name of the external. And no " in front of Volumes. Just /Volumes

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (62,010 points)

    My bad. For some reason I put a quote in front of Volumes instead of a slach. The command should be:

     

    ls -al /Volumes/"Seagate Backup Plus Drive"/.Trashes/

  • ListenToSkrillex Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    wzzz, I tried what you said and got this:

     

    Last login: Wed Jul 31 21:33:22 on ttys000

    Farrukh-Sheikhs-MacBook-Pro:~ farrukhsheikh$ ls -al /Volumes/Seagate\ Backup\ Plus\ Drive

    ls: The Breakfast Club (1985): Input/output error

    ls: The Jerk [1979].avi: Input/output error

    total 6898288

    drwxrwxrwx@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff        3213 Jul 31 14:41 .

    drwxrwxrwt@ 4 root           admin         136 Jul 31 21:30 ..

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff       43012 Jul 31 17:30 .DS_Store

    drwx------@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         189 Jun 29 12:17 .Spotlight-V100

    d-wx-wx-wt  1 farrukhsheikh  staff         189 Jul 26 23:15 .Trashes

    drwx------@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         252 Jul 31 21:30 .fseventsd

    drwxr-xr-x@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         756 Jun  8 14:06 Aba Hard Drive

    drwxr-xr-x@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         630 Apr  3 02:32 Ableton

    drwxr-xr-x@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         441 Apr 22 19:50 Ableton Installed Packs

    drwxr-xr-x@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         945 Jul  4 11:31 Ableton Packs

    -rwxrwxrwx  1 farrukhsheikh  staff     1644118 Apr 26  2012 BackupPlus.ico

    drwxr-xr-x@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff        8946 Jul 10 21:01 Completed

    drwxrwxrwx@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         315 Jul 26 23:26 Equilibrium (2002)

    -rwxrwxrwx  1 farrukhsheikh  staff       42352 Jul 31 08:32 FarrukhCV_AML Fin Crime 31JUL13.docx

    drwxrwxrwx@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         252 Jul 25 01:47 Ip.Man.The.Final.Fight.2013.720p.BluRay.x264-PublicHD

    drwxrwxrwx@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         441 Jul 25 03:21 Letters From Iwo Jima 2006 720p BRRip x264-HDLiTE 2

    drwxr-xr-x@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         441 Jul 29 00:27 Macintosh HD April 5 2013

    drwxrwxrwx@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         378 Jul 27 17:45 Midnight Run 1988 HDDVDRip 720p

    drwxr-xr-x@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         126 Apr  4 15:15 My Online Documents

    drwxrwxrwx@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         315 Jul 23 19:34 Oblivion (2013) [1080p]

    drwxrwxrwx@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         378 Jul 25 01:12 Red (2010)

    drwxr-xr-x@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         441 Apr  4 15:14 Seagate Stuff

    drwxrwxrwx@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         315 Jul 25 01:15 Searching.for.Sugar.Man.2012.720p.BRRip.x264.AC3-JYK

    drwxrwxrwx@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         315 Jul 25 01:15 Superbad Unrated (2007)

    drwxr-xr-x@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         189 Jul 30 12:12 Superman Unbound (2013) [1080p]

    drwxr-xr-x@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         189 Jul 30 12:12 The 6th Day (2000)

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff   528482304 Jul 30 12:13 The Adventures of Tintin (2011) [1080p]

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff  3001564328 Jul 23 20:17 The Hunger Games (2012) [1080p]

    -rw-r--r--@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff        1032 Jul 23 18:24 The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013) [1080p]

    drwxrwxrwx@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         252 Jul 25 02:20 The.Dyatlov.Pass.Incident.2013.KORSUB.720p.HDRip.x264.AC3-JYK

    drwxr-xr-x@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff        2961 Jul 17 08:35 Torrents

    drwx------@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         252 Jul 31 21:30 UTORRENT AUTO MOVE HERE

    drwxr-xr-x@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff        6426 Jul 21 23:48 Utorrent Torrents

    drwxrwxrwx@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff        1953 Jul 20 15:02 Utorrent move here 2

    drwxrwxrwx@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         315 Jul 25 00:58 Wallander.Sveket.2013.720p.BluRay.x264-iMSORNY [PublicHD] 2

    drwxrwxrwx@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         315 Jul 25 03:12 What Dreams May Come (1998) [1080p]

    drwxr-xr-x@ 1 farrukhsheikh  staff         504 Jul 10 22:24 Zain's Stuff

    Farrukh-Sheikhs-MacBook-Pro:~ farrukhsheikh$

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