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Could you please what steps have you tried so far ? Also how much space is left on your Mac ?
There is a special database file for Trash. If it get corrupted, you will not be able to empty trash. So first, I want you to empty Trash using this application Trash It! --> http://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/8214/trash-it!
If that didn't work, then lets get rid of Trash database. Open Terminal from Applications > Utilities folder and type sudo rm -rf ~/.TrashMake sure you to write the commands correctly. Press return key on your keyboard. That should empty the trash.
Please let me know if that didn't work, so we can continue troubleshooting.
Your Mac needs atleast 15GB of free space for normal operations. Download and use this application OmniDiskSweeper (use free/trial version) --> https://www.omnigroup.com/more
This will give you a summary about what files are using up the hard drive space. So you can delete the unwanted files easily.
Hi there, That is possible. It is the Trash of external drive got corrupted. Go to Applications > Utilities folder and open Disk Utility. In Disk Utility, select your ext hard disk in left column, then Repair Permission. After that click Verify Disk and if asked to repair, click Repair Disk.
Let me know the results.
If repairing drive doesn't work, then can get rid of the Trash database of the external drive. Yes, there is a trash database for external drive as well.
Do you have a Windows computer with you ? If so, you can connect the hard drive to that Windows computer and you will see a folder named .Trashes. Delete it. That's it. This will fix the problem. Getting rid of that file/folder from Mac OS X is a little difficult as OS X normally won't allow it in default way. But can be done.
You may need to install this driver to see the external hard drive on PC --> https://www.paragon-software.com/home/hfs-windows-free/
Let me know how it goes.