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You can use this application, Trash It. This will force your Mac to trash the file or empty trash even the file is being used by other Applications.Download TrashIt : http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/8214/trash-it!If that didn't work, then restart your Mac and immediately hold down Shift key on your Keyboard. This will boot your Mac into Safe Mode. Now, try to empty the trash
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Sorry, I had also tried TrashIt and didn't include that.
I did start in safe mode but it removes only two files every 10 or 15 seconds - and there are over 70K files. Trash It executes, but I don't get the usual "Thanks for Using Trash It" message and Emptying Trash is not affected.
Tried twice - Trash is still full.
When you ran that command, did you get any errors ? Also, what version of Mac OS X are you using ?
Turn your Mac off. Turn it back on and this time hold down the Command (Apple) key and the S keys at the same time. This will boot your Mac into Single User Mode. Then type the following command... /sbin/fsck -fy (note the space between fsck and -fy) If you can't run /sbin/fsck -fy then type only fsk - fy
Hit return and the disk utility should run and let it finish. When it finishes and there is no error, run the following commands;
rm -r ~/.Trash/*
If that didn't work, run sudo rm -rf ~/.Trash
Then type reboot and hit return. Let the Mac boot up. Let me know how it goes..