Force Erase in Use Trash File

Many a time, you might have come across a situation where the Mac Trash Bin fails to respond properly or it throws an error message indicating Trash files are in use. This sorts of problem can be easily sort out by simply restarting the PC and then go for erasing the Trash file. But, in case these process fails to empty Mac Trash Bin then, you can force erase in use Trash file using the Terminal. But, before going for such process, why not trying secure empty Trash process. So, what you have to do is to simply hold the Command Key and then you have to right click on Trash icon. After that select the delete option. In case it fails, use the combination or ‘Command+Shift+Option+Delete’.


Command Line To Force Erase Trash File

Firstly, change directory to Trash

cd ~/.Trash

Now, see whether you are on the right directory or not. If you have get confirmed then try,


Finally, delete the specific file using the command;

rm filename.extension

Now, if you have accidentally deleted some of the important files while using above commands then, don’t worry! We are still with you. Now, in such situation what you have to perform is to simply download and install Mac Trash recovery software. The tool is highly equipped with all the latest version of Mac system, so there should not be any compatibility issue too.

Screen Shot for Mac Trash Recovery Software

Step 1: Download and install Mac Trash recovery software.


Step 2: Choose the appropriate drive from which the stored Mac file gets deleted.


Step 3: Now you have to select the type of the files from the list and if the file is not available then you need to + or – for the adding or removing the files .


Step 4: Now select the scan option.

Step 5: After the completion of the above process, you will be shown its preview. Then, save all the files at their specified location.



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