I was doing some spring cleaning on my external hard drive and the usb cord was accidently unplugged before unmounting it. I was deleting files and emptying the trash just fine until it was unplugged. Now there are 17 files/folders in the Trash and I can't empty it. When the hard drive is disconnected from my laptop, the files disappear from the Trash as expected, and when I plug it back into the laptop they show up again. I just can't empty the trash any more, nor can I delete any other files from the drive.
I'm using Mint 13 (Cinnamon) on a Lenovo B560. The external drive is a Hitachi SimpleDrive III, 2 TB, with two partitions. Both partitions are HFS+ (my prior computer was a PowerBook G4).
Any ideas on how to fix would be appreciated. Thanks.
Connecting the external drive to my PowerBook G4 seems to have fixed everything. I booted the G4, connected the drive, and used Disk Utility to check it for Errors. None were found. I'm guessing that Mac OS X (10.4) has some sort of housekeeping routine that automatically repaired the drive when I plugged it in. I was able to reconnect the drive to my Lenovo and was able to delete my files.