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A fix for strange unremovable characters in the trash System
I had a problem with strange characters not deleting in the Trash. They looked like asian characters, or zeros and slashes, something similar to: //00]|||00. Emptying the Trash deleted the files, but not the characters. If I did a Get Info, they would disappear, but come back if I deleted more files. I found out that it was caused by a corrupt file on a FAT32 Boot Camp partition in the C:.Trashes501 folder, and was causing this issue.

I repaired the problem by booting into Windows using Parallels, and running the Check Disk Utility for Windows hard drives. (Open My Computer, right click on the 'C' drive, and click properties. Click on the tools tab, then Check Now. Make sure that there is a check in the box that says "Automatically fix file system errors." Then you will be prompted to reboot. Check Disk will run on reboot.)

Check Disk found the error in the C:.Trashes501 folder and repaired it. Now my Trash in OS X does not have the strange characters when I empty it. I haven't tried it, but I would assume that if I just booted into Windows (through Bootcamp, or Parallels or VMWare Fusion) and deleted the .Trashes folder on the "C" drive, that it would work also. If you have an external drive formatted in FAT 32, you can plug it into a Windows machine, and you should be able to do the same thing.

Reinstalling Leopard, fdsk, and command line deleting of the Trash did not solve the problem, but this did.
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A fix for strange unremovable characters in the trash
Authored by: mattio on Dec 27, '07 08:27:48AM

I had this problem for 1 month, now my trashes is finally empty!
Thank you!



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A fix for strange unremovable characters in the trash
Authored by: freddy on Dec 27, '07 10:38:40AM

When booted in single user mode you can also get rid of them.



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A fix for strange unremovable characters in the trash
Authored by: Spinnetti on Dec 27, '07 01:20:11PM

Thanks!

I had the same problem. Eventually spent too much time just reinstalling windows to fix it.



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A fix for strange unremovable characters in the trash
Authored by: mynameiswerd on Dec 27, '07 02:50:24PM

Just had this problem last night after trying to format a FAT flash drive in Win XP - it was driving me crazy. Tried everything; eventually logged into another account in OS X and deleted the .Trashes file on my Boot Camp partition which seemed to do the trick.



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A fix for strange unremovable characters in the trash
Authored by: slb on Dec 27, '07 09:31:36PM
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=106272

Advanced tip about deleting locked files

If there are several locked files in the Trash, you can unlock them all at the same time at the command line. Follow these steps:

Open Terminal. It's located in /Applications/Utilities.

Type: chflags -R nouchg
Note: Type one space (not pictured) after nouchg in the line above, so that it ends in "nouchg ". Do not press Return yet.

Double-click the Trash icon in the Dock to reveal the contents of the Trash. If necessary, arrange the Finder window so that a portion of the Terminal window is still visible.
Press the Command-A key combination to select all files in the Trash.
Drag the files from the Trash to the Terminal window.
Note: This automatically enters the pathname for each file. This eliminates the need to individually empty multiple Trash directories, particularly when multiple disks or volumes are present.

Press Return. No special text message will be shown indicating that the command was successful.
Empty the Trash.

If the Trash does not empty or if you see a message in Terminal that says "usage: chflags [-R [-H | -L | -P]] flags file..." you most likely did not type the text in step 2 as indicated or did not leave a space. Repeat the steps if this happens.



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A fix for strange unremovable characters in the trash
Authored by: mynameiswerd on Dec 29, '07 09:30:19AM

This problem doesn't refer to locked files - it's referring to odd characters that 'disappear' after trying to 'Get Info' but reappear after opening the trash again.



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Thanks a lot and two birds with one stone
Authored by: Kyushi on Jul 19, '10 07:20:55AM

Thanks so much for this, I had problems with files like these for ages. In my case the files didn't originate from a Bootcamp partition, but simply from a FAT32-formatted external hard disk that I use on my Macbook and a windows machine. Fixing this issue also fixed the problem of not being able to verify or repair the disk using Disk Utility.



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