Just open up a Terminal window in Mac OS X and run a command like this:
rm -rf /Users/cwang/.Trash/windows.old
I’m assuming your user’s name is
clang but just change that to match whatever user name that’s dealing with this issue and just run that command.
If somehow that still doesn’t work, I would then recommend rebooting your Mac in “Recovery Mode.” And then once you are fully booted into the “Recovery Mode” volume, open up the Terminal and do the following:
That will list all connected volumes associated with your machine. Remember, when you are in “Recovery Mode” you are booting from a different volume than your main disk, so you need to figure out the full path to your main disk to fix things like this. Now note your system’s true volume name which might be something like
Hard Disk/. With that noted, you can then run the
rm -rf command like this:
rm -rf /Volumes/Hard\ Disk/Users/cwang/.Trash/windows.old
And that should get rid of the
windows.old directory as well. Now just reboot into your main Mac OS X volume and you should be good to go.