Can't delete a Mac burn folder - problem solved

Mac problem: Can't delete a Mac burn folder. (Problem solved.)

I just had a problem on Mac OS X where I couldn't delete a Mac burn folder. Something happened during the process of trying to burn a DVD ... frankly I can't remember what the problem was. (I had one problem with a DVD during the verification process, so that may have been it.)

Regardless of how it happened, this problem left me with a Mac burn folder on my desktop named "Untitled DVD.fpbf" that I can't delete. Every time I try to delete the burn folder by dragging it to the trash can I get this error message:

The operation cannot be completed because the item "Untitled DVD.fpbf" is locked.

Can't delete Mac burn folder - Problem solved

It took me a little while to figure out this Mac burn folder problem, but the solution is pretty simple. Just follow these steps:

  • Click the Mac burn folder once on your desktop to select it.
  • Press the keystroke [Apple][i] to bring up the "Get Info" dialog for the file.
  • If the "General" panel isn't already open, click the flippy triangle to open it.
  • On this panel there is a checkbox named "Locked", and in this case it is checked. Click it to de-select it, then close the dialog.
  • Drag the Mac burn folder to the trash can and you should be able to delete it now.

Can't delete Mac burn folder - Summary

I hope this solution to the "Can't delete a Mac burn folder" problem has been helpful. As usual, if you have any questions or comments, just leave a note in the Comments section below.

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I know this was posted up about 2 years ago, just to let you know it helped me and thank you.

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Thanks for the tip. This worked! Thank you.

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Thanks for posting this, it worked for me too - can't believe I didn't think of this myself. My case was a little different (I could delete the folder but got an error message when trying to empty the trash) but it worked anyway.

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Had the same problem except my folder was not on my desk top. I clicked and dragged off the finder, held down the *command* key and the little cloud popped up and I let go and it went away.

Hope this helps

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My 3 problematic fpbf folders wouldn't let me highlight them or find them any way that I could figure. Fortunately, I kept reading posts until I came to the one titled above and it worked. Thanks, Anonymous, if you ever read this!

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Exactly as described by Anonymous and rexv. Was in the left panel of the Finder - the instructions worked perfectly as described. This little annoyance had been irritating for months (!) - THANK you, Anonymous. Much appreciated.