how to erase large files/folders in mac

April 4, 2011 at 08:37:27
Specs: Macintosh
It takes so long to delete large files in Mac by using the "trash" because it takes so long to empty the trash by "securing" it. If I need to remove hundreds of gigabytes, I will need to wait overnight for the trash to completely remove ... what to do?

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April 4, 2011 at 08:48:41
Use the "rm" command in a terminal window. Have a look at if you are not familiar with this command.

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April 5, 2011 at 08:54:10
I am so sorry if I have been such nuisance to the readers. I failed to see your reply. Pardon. I am new to this blogsite. I found your reply and will follow your suggestion. Thanks!

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April 5, 2011 at 09:42:37
Forgive me if I sounded rude. (:-{

Good luck - I hope it works for you.

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April 5, 2011 at 20:26:01
It alright ijack! i tried your suggestion ... as follows:

1 In an open Finder window, navigate to Application/Utilities/Terminal and double-click the "Terminal" application to launch it.

2 In an open Terminal window, type in the following command: sudo rm --f
Leave an extra space after the end of the above command, following the "R." To delete a folder, type in "sudo rm --rf " without the quotes.

3 Drag and drop the file(s) you wish to delete onto the open Terminal window from Step 3. The files you drop on the Terminal window will be deleted. You can drag and drop multiple files and folders onto the Terminal window.

... I can open the Terminal window and typed the commend ... BUT I DON'T see the "R" mentioned in no 2. I also tried dropping files and pressed enter but i get a message asking for password ... i don't know what to do next. I don't have a password. I try typing but it says wrong and it hangs ...

thank you for helping ... If you have other alternatives.. I will greatly appreciate!

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April 6, 2011 at 00:07:55
You can just type

rm file

where file is the full path to the file that you want to delete. Type

man rm

if you want to learn more about the rm command. It's well worth learning a few of the more common terminal commands.

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