90+ GB File Appears, Forever to Delete. Any ideas?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by powerbook911, Feb 6, 2006.

  1. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Hi everyone,

    Below concern is on my iMac Core Duo (I'm typing now on my Powerbook).

    Well, this morning I was using Quicktime Pro to edit a little 200 MB H264 movie. I save it, and then all of a sudden I get a message saying to clear up space on my hard drive. I look, and I only have 4 GB of space remaining. Sure enough, it was that movie I was editing that says it is 90+ GB in size!!! What kind of glitch do you think this was? Has anyone seen something like this before? All I did was cut 5 seconds out of a 200 MB (30 minute) H264 movie, and then save it, replacing the old file. Very strange.

    Well, now to my issue: I'm trying to delete this file, but it has been emptying trash, for 20 minutes or more. Do you think it will ever stop? How long does it take to empty the trash on such a large file? Thanks for the help. I appreciate your help and need it! :)
  2. eva01 macrumors 601


    Feb 22, 2005
    Gah! Plymouth
  3. benpatient macrumors 68000

    Nov 4, 2003
    i had an old G3 iMac do this, and it ended up being impossible to delete the file, because the hard drive had failed (overheated, probably, inside that stupid case).
  4. powerbook911 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Ok, it finally finished deleting :)

    Do you think it was just some kind of software glitch? Everything seems ok now? Hardware should be ok. Don't you think?

    Thanks for the help everyone.

    Sorry to hear about your iMac benpatient.

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