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#1 User is offline   Ken Gracey 

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 10:33 AM

Ok i am stumped, I have been trying to empty my trash for 20 minutes, and every time it throws up and error - 8003, so whats going on :(

I have tried restarting, holding down the option key, even tried a secure delete, but still the same error code... any body got any clues.

I haven't emptied in months, so I am guessing there is probably a good 4 to 6 gig of junk in it.

I cant see that causing any problems ?
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 11:37 AM

http://forums.cnet.c...102-365518.html

This link has a few suggestions for that particular error, good luck
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 11:49 AM

Thanks islandhead, try the program they recommend no joy so far, now attempting to boot up in safe mode, so far lots of spinning beach ball action, but nothing else so far, not looking to good so far :(
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 12:04 PM

Nope still no joy, it looks like a reformat is the only way I am going to clean this trash can :(
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 12:32 PM

Hey Ken

Have you done a recent PRAM reset lately?, I had this exact issue when I did this, so I did the soft reboot thing afterwards, shut down as per normal, restart hold SHIFT key until you see wheel and reboot scale, then re log in to your user account(administrator) for initial start up then try it.



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Posted 03 April 2011 - 12:47 PM

Yeah thanks Jim, nothing seems to work, I am running onyx now to see if they will force empty it... It's been going for 20 minutes now and the progress bar, has barley moved a millimeter. I am really stumped on my next move, I am leaning towards a reformat at this point to sort it out.
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 01:16 PM

God, TL, Ken is stumped......who would have thought...:-)

There has to be a solution besides a reformat.....surely.....have you searched the net fully for a solution????
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 01:24 PM

View PostKen Gracey, on 03 April 2011 - 01:47 PM, said:

Yeah thanks Jim, nothing seems to work, I am running onyx now to see if they will force empty it... It's been going for 20 minutes now and the progress bar, has barley moved a millimeter. I am really stumped on my next move, I am leaning towards a reformat at this point to sort it out.


mmm that was the next move, a third party software to sort it out, I was also thinking some files were missing permissions maybe, but it sounds like its working slowly, but still not an proper solution.


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Posted 03 April 2011 - 01:48 PM

Ken, Check out this thread that might help: Empty Trash error -8003

They are suggesting a program called : Trash it! It's free, so you may as well give it a try.
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 02:16 PM

Thanks Brian / Jim, onyx came up trumps.. :D

It took it's sweet time about (40 minutes) but it finally worked, my last step before a format, was to jump into terminal, and type in some code I found to force the trash to empty.
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 02:36 PM

What did you use in Onyx to fix the issue??
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 02:44 PM

There is an empty trash command, that you can run after you scan and repair permissions, very handy. And not super fast but I did have 775,897 files to delete.. Did I mention that I havent emptied the trash for a while :P
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 02:46 PM

775,897 to delete...yikes..... Empty your trash more regularly, and I guess you wont have that problem again...... Now there's a tip to go into next months AMW....ha,ha

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Posted 03 April 2011 - 02:50 PM

View PostBrianB, on 03 April 2011 - 03:36 PM, said:

What did you use in Onyx to fix the issue??


Also, has trash returned backed to normal, as in you can clean without Onyx.
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Posted 03 April 2011 - 03:32 PM

I was a bit late to check replies prior to post :italiamac_redface: , my question has already been answered.

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 01:22 PM

I have had problems with the trash not emptying before. I ended up deleting the trash folder (~/.Trash) and recreating it by running the following in terminal:

$ rm -rf ~/.Trash/
mkdir ~/.Trash/

If you restart the finder afterwards the trash empties and everything goes back to normal.
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Posted 06 April 2011 - 07:30 PM

I tried that also Ben, but the damn thing still didn't empty, thank god for onyx.
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Posted 06 April 2011 - 08:43 PM

View PostKen Gracey, on 03 April 2011 - 02:44 PM, said:

I did have 775,897 files to delete.



And the next question is, how the hell did you get so many files to delete, Ken? I spend my days loading, using and trashing apps, and wouldn't get anywhere near that number!

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Posted 06 April 2011 - 09:11 PM

View PostDave Bullard, on 06 April 2011 - 08:43 PM, said:

And the next question is, how the hell did you get so many files to delete, Ken? I spend my days loading, using and trashing apps, and wouldn't get anywhere near that number!

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Yeah Ken Fess up, we might start calling to "Captain Trash"......



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Posted 06 April 2011 - 09:13 PM

View PostBrianB, on 03 April 2011 - 02:46 PM, said:

775,897 to delete...yikes..... Empty your trash more regularly, and I guess you wont have that problem again...... Now there's a tip to go into next months AMW....ha,ha

Maybe I'll win an iPad...:-)

Wow Brian you really are trying..... :mosking:


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