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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Problems with Mac's Trash

I deleted a HUGE load of backup from an external HD (about 5 million files). Since then, the folder is "stuck" in Trash, never deleted. Once I go to Terminal and do: rm -rf ~/.Trash It deletes ...
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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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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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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 can I free files that are in use by quicklook?

I have a couple pictures I was looking through and deleting stuck in my trash (Mac OS X 10.6 latest) and finder tells me they are in use when I try to delete them. I looked around online and found ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trash won't empty in Mac OS X

When I am trying to secure empty my trash, I get a dialogue box saying: The operation can’t be completed because you don’t have permission to access some of the items."
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Delete the pendrive contents and also trash in Mac OS X?

I am using a MacBook Pro. I copied some data from my pen drive to my Mac and deleted the content by moving it to trash. After that when I see the info of pen drive it give more value than the ...
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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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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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how to delete a single item from trash forever in mac os x

There are 20 items in the trash. I want to delete a single selected item from trash. How is it possible? I asked this question because in the following circumstances I was confused. Suppose I ...
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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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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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Move file to Trash on Snow Leopard from Terminal

Snow Leopard allows users to "Put Back" files that were moved to the Trash from Finder. However, when I do mv <file> ~/.Trash from the command line I don't get the "Put Back" option. Is there a ...
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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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How do I empty the trash in Ubuntu 9.10?

I have been deleting files on my machine for several months now. The deleted files are likely to be using up considerable space on my HD. I want to empty trash, but cant fond out how to do it. I ...
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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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How do I delete a file using the Terminal from my Trash in Mac OS X?

From a previous question I have applied following command to my file. sudo chflags -R nouchg TopSites.plist sudo chmod 444 TopSites.plist Now that the file is locked, I don't know how to remove it. ...
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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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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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How to restore deleted from Ubuntu trash items?

How to restore deleted items from the Ubuntu trash?
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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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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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Instead of using RM. I want to use a custom “soft delete” command

Instead of using the "RM" command for things. I would like to have a custom command that would move the file to a "trash" folder with the dir it had. for example. If a file was ...
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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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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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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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How can I restore an item from the Trash in Mac OS X?

Windows provides restore item to the position from where it was deleted. But I couldn't find any option to restore an item from trash. Is it possible to restore an item from where it was moved to ...
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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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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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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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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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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 ...