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 method.

Listing them via Terminal shows them as there

$ sudo ls .Trashes/501
¶_|íìê<-.b?†            æâù©ìë—‡.*?§

But attempting to rm them or get any information about them shows them as not there

$ sudo ls -F .Trashes/501/
ls: ¶_|íìê<-.b\032†: No such file or directory
ls: æâù©ìë—‡.*\026§: No such file or directory

$ sudo rm .Trashes/501/*
rm: .Trashes/501/¶_|íìê<-.b\032†: No such file or directory
rm: .Trashes/501/æâù©ìë—‡.*\026§: No such file or directory

Any thoughts? I've never seen anything like this.

Thanks in advance!

  • 3
    Have you tried rm -r .Trashes/501? – Daniel Beck Dec 6 '10 at 15:10
  • I'm leery of doing that because I don't really know what the directory is for. Is it not special in anyway? – Tim Visher Dec 7 '10 at 13:35
  • As it's stated in 英律功's answer, OS X will create it the next time you delete some files from the external drive via Finder. (I've done this few times) – Jari Keinänen Dec 14 '10 at 17:18


sudo rm -rf .Trashes

The directory will be recreated on the external by OS X as needed.


Plug the drive into something with a different OS and zap it there.

If both of these fail, time to start checking filesystems and drive sectors...

  • How would one go about doing that? Both of those failed. ^_^ – Tim Visher Jan 12 '11 at 15:31

Try running a filesystem repair. Run Disk Utility -> select the volume in the sidebar -> First Aid tab -> Repair Disk button.

  • That did nothing. – Tim Visher Dec 7 '10 at 13:42

if not lucky with deleting them by the aforementioned steps, then restore the folders to some place on your disk e.g. your Desktop and there delete them via

sudo rm -rf \Path\to\Folder

this worked for me, but not inside the Trash folder itself


if you have as live linux bootable disk..plug it on your computer. Run the linux live Cd ..and navigate to the Windows file with the .Trash-0 ..delete the file by clicking.. "Move to trash"...linux option.that will rescue you

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