The Trash is a place for deleted files, from where they can be restored or permanently deleted. Usually, "Trash" is used for Linux and Unix systems whereas Windows uses "Recycle Bin"

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How to recover a PowerPoint file that was deleted on Mac?

I deleted everything from my computer because I thought I didn’t need any of the documents. Unfortunately, I do. I put everything in the trash bin and then deleted everything from there. I am ...
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Windows 7 - Run program when Recycle Bin Emptied

Is there a way to make a program run every time the Recycle Bin is emptied in windows 7?
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When Deleting Files from External Drive I am Constantly Being Prompted for Assurance

I have the new Mac Pro with 10.9.3. The Home Folder is on a separate drive using magnetic links. Lately things have not been running normally. One of the main issues is that every time I want to ...
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How can an app delete large files without using the Trash?

The App Store app "Trash Without" states the ability to permanently delete large files instantly, avoiding the OS X Trash entirely. How can it do that?
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Is the “Trash” bin an application or a directory/folder?

If a simple directory, is it possible to edit links to it so they now point toward a different directory? A different directory that will perform the same tasks as the original "Trash" folder normally ...
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Linux Ubuntu, How to clean cookies from web browsers

How do I empty the trash though the terminal, and how do I get rid of cookies that have accumulated in the web browsers under linux?
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Public domain app to send files to trash in OS X

Is there any Public Domain (using the unlicense or something similar, not really relevant) app that sends files to the trash in OS X? There are a bunch of alternatives to this (example), but I need a ...
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Unable to delete File [duplicate]

I'm completely unable to delete a file, which doesn't even show up in Windows, but does in OSX (Mountain Lion) this file was created after uninstalling AppServ (local webserver) Now I need to ...
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OS X won't move files to Trash

I am trying to delete some things and put them in my trash. It says "Moving items to trash", but the dialog is now open since 24 hours. When I try to empty my trash it won't let me due to the fact ...
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Fast Way To Securely Empty Trash in OS 10.4.11

How can I quickly "empty the trash" using "secure empty trash"? As of now, it takes for ever to empty large files. Thank you
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Can't secure empty trash in OS X

I'm trying to empty the trash but it shows an alert that prompts me to Stop or Continue. When I click Continue it terminates the process – but how do I format or empty the trash in OS X?
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Deleted files still taking up space on OS X Lion

Last night I started to delete 100GB worth of VirtualBox disk images on a MBP running Lion. A dialog box opened saying that the trash was preparing to empty, but nothing happened for a good 20 ...
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Fresh re install of debian does not empty trash in gnome

I used to have 2 partitions on my 750 GB disk. The first one : 200 GB for windows The second one : 500 GB for debian Lately, I decided to throw away windows by deleting everything on the 200 GB ...
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Why is rm -rf ~/.Trash/* much faster than clicking “empty trash”?

On a Mac computer, when you write rm -rf ~/.Trash/* in the terminal, it almost instantly deletes all the files in the Trash. But when I click "empty trash", it takes forever to delete them all. ...
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Using Mac OS X `at` to schedule a daily task to clear out .Trash folders

How do I use the OS X at command to schedule a daily clean-up of the user's .Trash folder? I'm thinking something along the lines of: rm -rf ~/.Trash/**/* | at 0:00 + 1 day Will this clean the ...
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Move to Local Trash when deleting IMAP messages in Thunderbird

I have tried to find a solution for this for a while now without luck. Wanted to check if there already is an add-on or easy hack before I attempt to write my own. In my opinion this must be quite a ...
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Is there a way to empty trash and compress a folders on all of my Thunderbird IMAP accounts with a single click?

OK, actually that will take clicks: one click for emptying the trash, and the second click to compress the folders. I want to do this on all my IMAP accounts in Thunderbird, so I don't have to do it ...
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Mac Trash won't empty, and rm ~/.Trash/* does nothing

The Trash icon on my Dock shows the Trash containing files. I tried right-clicking and Empty Trash, but it still shows files there. When I open the Trash folder in Finder, I can see several files ...
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Can't do anything with Ext. HDD, “.Trashes” is probably the boogyman. (On a MAC!)

I bought a external Harddrive today, A Samsung. But I'm not able to do anything with it A few notes on that. I can't put anything on the harddrive. It keeps on 'preparing copying files' I can ...
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OS X Lion: Emptying the trash takes “forever”: is using rm -r safe?

Emptying my Trash in OS X Lion (non securely) is taking about three hours (about 1.5 million files, from a Time Machine backup). I had to stop the process a few times already, because I could not move ...
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How to restore all the files from trash in Mac OS X?

I can put back the items one by one, but there are too many files, how could I restore all the files in the trash?
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Files on my Mac have disappeared and are not in the Trash

I had few folders where the contents are missing (Desktop, Documents, Download, Files and a few folders from Library/Application Support). I also realized that those folders are the first few in my ...
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Unable to delete folders in trash which containing .svn files

Now I am stuck with strange errors in my MacBook Pro. I am not able to empty folders in trash which contain .svn files. I tried to surf around the net and unfortunately i am still stuck in it. Is ...
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Undo deletion of target directory after finding out OS X can't merge directories

I am a developer on OSX. I like to believe I know a lot about computers, but now I feel a mix of sillyness, disbelief and rage. Also, please excuse the drama. ;) I was working on a web project when I ...
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Time Machine is getting stuck at “Preparing to Back Up” and my Trash isn't emptying

I have encountered two separate problems, but I am putting them in the same question in case they are related. First, my Trash would not empty. It seems to be getting stuck on certain files, because ...
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Can't delete items from Trash

There are some locked files in my trash that I removed from an external hard drive. I have tried a few different things but I delete them. I have tried: sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash mkdir ~/.Trash killall ...
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Can I securely trash a folder that contains applications without ruining the applications on my HD?

I get a dialogue box asking if I want to leave or trash associated files as I am trashing an application. The folder in question is a duplicate of one I have saved in Documents. The applications are ...
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How to prepare an old, dead computer that is full of personal information for giveaway? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Securely erasing all data from a hard drive What is a safe way to dispose of personal info on an old laptop and what to do with said laptop? I have a Dell laptop from ...
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Cannot delete file in OS X

I have a file in trash, and I cannot delete it. Before you ask me to STFW, no, the file is not locked :-/ The file is a symbolic link to nothing (target is deleted). Here is the output of ls -lO on ...
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Custom trash icons does not refresh (windows 7)

I changed Desktop Recycle Bin default icons to custom ones. One for empty and one for full. But the problem is that the icons dont switch by themselves. I have to manually refresh desktop for icons to ...
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Is it possible to interrupt or cancel the trash-delete process?

I am connected to the company server, onsite not remote, which is Windows based. When, in the OS finder, I go to delete a file or directory that resides on the window-based server, the trash progress ...
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Where do files and directories go when I run 'rm -rf folder_or_file_name' in Ubuntu 10.04?

When I delete folders or files in the Nautilus GUI, those folders/files go to Trash but where do folders/files go when I run rm -rf folder_or_file_name in terminal in Ubuntu 10.04?
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A file is still in use when trying to empty the Trash – how can I remove it?

When you try to empty the Trash in OS X, and there is a file still open in an application, you receive the dialog: The operation can't be completed because the item "…" is in use. How can I ...
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Delete from Nautilus as root - where is my trash?

I run Nautilus as root to access folders like /var/www. I now deleted a file by pressing the del key and was wondering where I can find the trash to really have it removed completely? OS: Ubuntu ...
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Two commands to move files to trash. What's the difference?

trash-cli provide a trash command, and gvfs-bin provides a gvfs-trash command that move files / directories to the trash can. Is there an important difference between these two commands?
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Files deleted from iTunes library don't go to Trash

I am running OS X 10.6.7 and iTunes 10.4. When I delete music or a podcast from the library in iTunes, I get a warning whether I would like to keep or move the file to Trash. I respond that I want ...
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No user list in the login screen after changing the user ID

Edit: Problem 1 has been resolved. I followed this link and changed my user id to 1000 (same as Linux user id), so that I can share files freely between Mac and Linux. Now I have these two problems: ...
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Secure Empty Trash shows over 60,000 items - Trash folder shows 60

On OS X 10.5.8, I opened all folders in the Trash & it shows 60 items total. I clicked "Secure Empty" and it showed over 60,000 items being deleted. I stopped the Secure Empty but I'm sure it ...
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Safe substitute for OS X `rm`?

I am used to having rm to alias something safer. I have been using osx-trash, but once I upgrade to Ruby 1.9.2, this stops working. I know about trash-cli from Python, but I would much prefer ...
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How is the “secure empty trash” option on Mac OS X any more secure than emptying it normally?

On Mac OS X there is an option for securely emptying the trash. How is this any more secure than emptying the trash the normal way? Does it overwrite the old data instead of just erasing it?
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Can not remove all files from Trash in OS X

I am try to empty the Trash, which takes forever. Most of the files have been removed, but I am left with several that will not delete, and I now get the following message: The operation can’t be ...
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Where is the recycle bin in Finder on Mac OS X?

At the bottom of my screen there is the recycle bin. Is there someway to unpin it from there? By the way, where is the recycle bin in Finder?
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Confusing trashes, can't delete stuff

I'm "cleaning" my computer and USB keys and this requires a whole lot of deleting. I've gone though everything on my OS HDD, and now moving on to keys. My trash is initially EMPTY. When trying to ...
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Mac always warns “You can't undo this action” and skips the Trash when deleting a file

I repaired the permissions on my iMac and am now getting this dialog box whenever I delete something. I checked Finder > Preferences and "Empty Trash Securely" and "Show Warning" are both unchecked. ...
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Can't delete files in trash because they don't exist on OS X 10.6?

Something funky happened on one of my external drives and now whenever I plug it in 2 files show up in my Trash. If I empty the Trash via Finder, nothing happens. Ditto for the Option+Empty Trash ...
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Trash won't empty (OSX): “The operation can't be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code -8003)”

Like the title says -- I can't empty the trash on my OSX (10.6.4). I get "The operation can't be completed because an unexpected error occurred (error code -8003)" alert with stop & continue ...
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How to delete trash items using terminal?

I have some important and some unimportant items in trash. I need to delete the unimportant files from trash, but when I empty the trash, my important files are also deleted. How to delete trash ...
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Linux: Command to empty recycle bin

What is the shell command to empty the garbage bin under Linux?
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Put files deleted over the network into a Windows trash can?

From a Windows workstation when I delete files over the network (e.g. a file share, server disk, etc) those files are never put into a trash can, either on my Windows workstation or on the server - ...
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Can items deleted from “Trash” be recovered?

On a Mac we have option to delete items securely from trash, while deleting it warns that: "once deleted items will not be recovered". I want to know that is there any way by which items deleted ...