3 Replies Latest reply: Feb 24, 2014 8:45 PM by Linc Davis
thovey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

This is my first time posting a question but I am really stuck so any help would be greatly appreciated. I have tried to find a fix from previous discussions but no luck. I upgraded my OS to Maverick recently and have had a few issues since, one being I can't empty my trash. It has a pop up that says 'emptying the trash' but this just hangs. I tried to shut my laptop down but it won't because it is emptying the trash.

I did force quit, then shut it down. I have used the secure empty option. I have progressed a little and deleted one file (well thought I had becuase the trash shows empty, however when I try to delete the next file, the pop up box now things there are 2 files to be deleted. It seems like they are not being deleted properly but hovering in the background somewhere.

An added bonus (issue) is that when I eject my portable drive now it also does not eject properly

Would really appreicate any input and I hope I have explained the issue clearly (I have tried many things so my brain is getting a little frazled)


MacBook Pro (15-inch Mid 2010), OS X Mavericks (10.9)
  • picas Level 4 Level 4 (2,365 points)
  • thovey Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the document you advised I read, however I had read that when searching for solutions.

    The first sentence in the document says..

    In Mac OS X, each user account has a separate, invisible Trash folder

    I am the only user, however it is like there is a separate folder as when I logged on again this morning the trash has 5 documents in it from days ago. They were not there last night??? Now I can't delete them again. It just hangs and even when I try stopping the deletion it does not respond

    Also when I try to eject my portable hard drive again just now it says it is in use - but it is not

    I am suspecting it is since I updated the OS as this never happended before - not sure what to do from here but feeling frustrated

  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (147,095 points)

    Do you have backups of all data on the drive?