After deleting files from external sources, free space not reclaimed.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by troy14, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. troy14 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 25, 2008
    Las Vegas (Summerlin), NV
    Hi everyone,

    wasn't entirely sure where to put this but have a small issue.

    on my mac mini, i am using a few drives (from USB flash drives to 3/4tb external) formatted NTFS. when I delete files "move to trash".. the files will delete but when i right click -> get info, the space is still taken up and not free, even though the files are gone.

    normally I just go through disk utility and reformat them, but when my larger external drives, this is not possible.

    is there something I am doing wrong?
  2. rainking macrumors 6502


    Aug 12, 2011
    Johnson City, NY
    Empty the trash.
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    moving to trash does not release the space - it just marks the file deleted.
    You have to empty the trash before space is deleted.

    If you move to trash on external then eject the external, the trash icon on the Mac shows "empty", but the space has not been released. When you plug the external back into the mac the trash icon shows "something in trash".

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