# help, can't empty my trash folder on external hdd

I've been searching for this problem on the webs but none of the solutions i've found worked for me. The problem is that I have an external hard drive and the trash folder won't delete.

the complete path of the problem folder:

/media/Elements/.. .Trash-1000/expunged/2969272896

For some reason if i just press delete when that folder is selected it delete's as a normal folder, but it will always reappear. Deleting the folder in windows won't work either.

There are no files in the folder.

• please add (from terminal) the result of the command ls -ld applied to every component of the path... like ls -ld /media/Elements/.Trash-1000/expunged/2969272896, ls -ld /media/Elements/.Trash-1000/expunged/ etc. – Rmano Jan 10 '14 at 16:20

If the trash has nothing else important in it:

rm -rf /media/Elements/.Trash-1000/


You may want to try as root as well:

sudo rm -rf /media/Elements/.Trash-1000/


Another method would be to use srm - it would wipe over the data and remove it. It also shows if it is a hardlink etc.

If you need to install it:

 sudo apt-get install secure-delete


and then

srm -rf /media/Elements/.Trash-1000/