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trash says 100,000 when emptying

by movermichael / April 8, 2012 2:44 AM PDT

i have an iMac7, circa 2009, w/ Snow Leopard, Ver 10.6.8. I am booting from ext drive due to corrupt int HD, but its been this way for a year, so i don't think its germain to my problem. My trash says it contains 300 items, with all dir's expanded. when i try to empty it, it counts and counts, so far to over 100,000 items. i Abend it, because i dont know what its trying to delete. i have 3 drives on this system, the corrupt int, (which can be accessed but not booted from) and 2 USB, both bootable w/ the same system on them. I was wondered it its accessing the trash from another drive, cause i deleted items from them, but they were empty directories. Any helper will be blessed...Thanks

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Just let it do the deleting and be done with it.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 8, 2012 4:21 AM PDT

One wonders why you have an internal drive that is not bootable but still appears to function.
Why have you not fixed that problem by re-installing Snow Leopard on to the drive?
Your data will still be there as only the System would be replaced.


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just do it?
by movermichael / April 8, 2012 5:02 AM PDT

i may have to delete it if i cannot get anyone with a better to my Int HD, it will not accept a new system, and Disk Util says it's N/G. I also tried Carbon Copy from a good Ext to my Int, but that didn't fly,either...

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And what is wrong with the suggestion that,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 8, 2012 10:14 AM PDT
In reply to: just do it?

you let the delete follow its course?

What does N/G mean?


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what is wrong?
by movermichael / April 8, 2012 11:11 AM PDT

one of my disks has some semi-important data on it, and i'd hate to lose it. beside, if i only have 300 items in my Trash, and the system counts up past 100,000, what is it counting? aren't you curious? I am. it would be Blind Faith (not the band) to Just Do It,No? (which i'll do in awhile prob, and to hell with it...)

N/G=no good

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Remove the "semi-important data" to an external drive
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / April 8, 2012 9:54 PM PDT
In reply to: what is wrong?

and fix the internal.

you may only be able to "see" 300 items but the system knows of other stuff.

I would have no concern about what it is counting if I had taken the step of backing up my data, that, and I know, that anything in the trash can cannot be used by the system and is therefore redundant.

Still the choice is yours.


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There's a saying.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / April 9, 2012 4:28 AM PDT
In reply to: what is wrong?

"We only lose what we don't backup."

I'll add to that. "I have no less than 3 copies of what I can't lose."

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