16gb usb stick showing full? but its empty

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by volcom883, Aug 1, 2009.

  1. macrumors regular


    Sep 29, 2008

    this happened me twice i wonder if the usb stick is faulty.
    basically when i check the size of my pen drive it shows there is 13gb but there is only 1gb of stuff on there?

    i already formatted the pen drive drive and its totally fine now.

    however i was told by someone that i needed to empty my mac's trash in order to get the pen drive empty too. is it true?

    thanks in advance
  2. macrumors 601


    Jul 31, 2008
    Northern VA

    If you're deleting stuff off the flash drive, and it goes to your Trash Can, you need to empty the trash can to clear the space off your flash drive.
  3. macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2010
    Fireshot, could you say what's going on here?

    I'm running OS X 10.6.2, moved a 4gb folder to the trash from my 16Gb stick, no change in available, as you said. Then chose 'Put Back' from the Trash, and back it went, still no change in available.

    Do you think the FAT32 file system on the stick is not being properly handled? I'm a bit suspicious because other odd things have happened.
  4. macrumors member

    Sep 6, 2007
  5. macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2008
    Yeah, I had the same problem. I thought my usb drive was full. Ended up, some large video files were 'hidden' and not deleted like it was meant to.
    Only discovered that when I was trying to transfer the files over to another usb, on a WINDOWS.
  6. macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    This is the answer you are looking for.

    Most of the other hidden files are too small to make that big of a difference, however, the way the trash works in OSX is that the files are removed to the trash folders but only truly deleted when you empty the trash.

    Nothing wrong with your USB drive.
  7. macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Agree. And I assume that this worked for the OP. As soon as you empty the trash on your Mac, your USB drive should empty out.

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