Hidden Files taking up Space?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by anonymust, Jul 17, 2012.

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    anonymust

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    #1
    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..
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    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 :(
     
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    GGJstudios

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    #2
    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?
     
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    anonymust

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    I normally delete the "Hidden Trash" folder on my Windows desktop.... but this time I didn't have any hidden folders.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    #4
    Drag your file off of it, reformat the drive, then drag them back.
     
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    Mattie Num Nums

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    #5
    Try reformatting it. Sounds like dead space to me. If you are using it on a Mac and PC try using ExFAT.
     
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    anonymust

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    I got it solved thanks to my local Mac genius bar

    First he had me:
    Open up Terminal (/Applications/Utilities) and enter the following:
    Code:
    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

     
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    GGJstudios

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    Which is why I originally asked:
     
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    anonymust

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    Well now I know :)

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

    I use Permanent Eraser by edenwaith [link]
     
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    GGJstudios

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    You can, but you need to make sure you do so before you unplug any external drives.
     

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