Deleting a corrupt folder in use

March 24, 2011 at 09:16:02
Specs: OS X 10.4.11
I am trying to delete a corrupt folder that says it is in use. As far as I can tell the folder is empty, so this one is really stretching my brain. Right now my mac is painfully slow, and I am sure it has something to do with that corrupt folder. I am by no means a computer geek, and I am in desperate need for help!

Anyone have anything for me??

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March 24, 2011 at 14:00:08
Four possibilities:

1. Do a "Repair Disk" from Disk Utility. This might correct the corruption.

2. Create another user, log off and log on as that user. See if you can now delete the folder.

3. Boot in Safe Mode (hold down the shift key whilst rebooting). This will force a disk check.

4. Boot off your Install CD, open a terminal, and delete the folder using the "rm -r" command. It can't possibly be in use if you do that.

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March 25, 2011 at 08:48:10
I am starting to think I have bigger problems than just a corrupt file....

1. My computer says I can't do a "repair disk" without my Install CD's, which I don't have currently. (Left them behind when I moved)

2. The folder wasn't in a new user ID, so I could not try to delete it this way.

3. I tried maybe 10 times to boot in safe mode, but the computer just turned off every time. Never got beyond the apple sign and then off it went. I even googled "How to boot in safe mode" to make sure I was doing it right.... Listen for chime - immediately afterwards press and hold "shift" until the circle progress indicator comes on- release "shift"........ Then zip, computer is off. Not exactly what I was looking for, was it?

4. Don't have the install CD's, so can't do this one right now.

Any other ideas?????

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