Problems with Maxtor external harddrive

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  1. doug.hall macrumors regular

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    Does anyone know why disk space is not released when I delete a file from my maxtor external harddrive? The file name is removed however the space it used is not.

    I've tried to work it out but failed. Can anyone help?

    Doug
     
  2. liketom macrumors 601

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    is the drive USB/Firewire ? i had the same problem on my Pendrive and i still have the same problem on my pendrive


    have you rebooted the system ? any changes to the size of the disk?
     
  3. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    The file is still there until you empty the trash while the drive is plugged in. Have you emptied the trash?
     
  4. doug.hall thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just tried it and it works. I can't believe that it remembers whats been deleted even after an external device is removed and reatached. I'm very impressed. Thanks.
     
  5. doug.hall thread starter macrumors regular

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    Have you tried the sugggestions below above? It worked for me and on my pendrive which had the smae problem too.
     
  6. liketom macrumors 601

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    does not work for me - i swop over my pendrive from Mac to Windows and to linux worstations and it just must screw the dam thing up - every so often i just format it from my windows worstation :(
     
  7. doug.hall thread starter macrumors regular

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    That's what I was doing. I guess I'll probably experiance the same problem you have when I next put it into my windows PC.
     
  8. grapes911 Moderator emeritus

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    Windows and OS X store deleted files differently. Make sure you emtpy the trash in OS X and empty the recycle bin in Windows. I'd give it another try.
     

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