Out of the blue, whenever I would drag files to the trash or hit Command+Delete to send them there, I was met with a password dialog box asking for permission to delete the files. Weird, I thought, but whatever. I entered my password and *poof* the files were deleted – permanently. They never went into the Trash; they just disappeared from my hard drive, never to be found again.
Normally that’s not a big deal. If I put something into the Trash, it’s because I don’t need it anymore. But, I sometimes make mistakes and appreciate the ability to go back and retrieve those accidental deletions.
Thinking it was a permissions problem, I used Disk Utility to repair permissions, but to no avail. Finally, I happened upon this article which suggested using Terminal to delete and recreate the Trash folder. It worked like a charm!
Here are the steps:
Open Terminal (it’s in your Utilities folder) and type (pressing return after each line):
[pl_raw][pl_codebox]sudo rmdir -rf ~/.Trash
(enter your password when asked)
killall Finder && open /System/Library/CoreServices/Finder.app[/pl_codebox][/pl_raw]
Your Trash should be working normally now. Please don’t ask how it was corrupted in the first place – I have no idea!