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anonymust
Jul 17, 2012, 07:11 PM
OK I'm no mathematician but I can add a few numbers... and this doesn't add up!

My USB thumb drive seems to be "full" of nothing!

On Windows I see no other files, on OSX LION I see no other files than the ones in this screen shot..
http://www.freeimagehosting.net/t/j59ps.jpg (http://www.freeimagehosting.net/j59ps)

Which should add up to about 3.4 GB.. but my USB drive seems to be making use of 13.7 GB!
THATS 4 TIMES THE AMOUNT I CAN SEE

Help please :(



GGJstudios
Jul 17, 2012, 07:14 PM
Do a Finder search of your USB drive and include the criteria "File visibility > Visible or Invisible"

Also, have you emptied your trash with the USB drive plugged in?

anonymust
Jul 17, 2012, 07:21 PM
I normally delete the "Hidden Trash" folder on my Windows desktop.... but this time I didn't have any hidden folders.

GGJstudios
Jul 17, 2012, 07:25 PM
I normally delete the "Hidden Trash" folder on my Windows desktop.... but this time I didn't have any hidden folders.
Drag your file off of it, reformat the drive, then drag them back.

Mattie Num Nums
Jul 19, 2012, 11:11 AM
Try reformatting it. Sounds like dead space to me. If you are using it on a Mac and PC try using ExFAT.

anonymust
Jul 19, 2012, 01:30 PM
I got it solved thanks to my local Mac genius bar

First he had me:
Open up Terminal (/Applications/Utilities) and enter the following:
ls -Ra /Volumes/16GB/

Which showed me all the files I attempted to delete from the USB a few days ago.
And then the genius said, and I qoute

External devices must remain mounted when emptying trash with items that have been deleted from the device.

GGJstudios
Jul 19, 2012, 01:37 PM
And then the genius said, and I qoute
External devices must remain mounted when emptying trash with items that have been deleted from the device.
Which is why I originally asked:
Also, have you emptied your trash with the USB drive plugged in?

anonymust
Jul 19, 2012, 01:43 PM
Well now I know :)

I dont empty my trash form the native trash bin..

I use Permanent Eraser by edenwaith [link (http://www.edenwaith.com/products/permanent%20eraser/)]

GGJstudios
Jul 19, 2012, 01:45 PM
Well now I know :)

I dont empty my trash form the native trash bin..
You can, but you need to make sure you do so before you unplug any external drives.