Basic Memory Question --

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Afro1989, May 16, 2006.

  1. Afro1989 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 16, 2005
    I have a basic question that you long time mac users can probably answer with ease. Every time I download anything such as system icons, wallpapers, etc. and then drag them to the trash my memory decreases a bit. An example is I just downloaded an icon set and decided I didn't like it so I dragged it to my trash. My memory drops from 73.81 GB to 73.72 GB. This is very annoying because I can't test out some icons and then drag them to the trash without losing memory. Can someone please help? Thanks. (^_^)
  2. D34th macrumors regular

    Apr 14, 2006
    Empty the trash? Putting them just into the trash doesn't permanantly delete them, you need to Control - click on the trash bin and hit "Empty" to really delete them. Also that's just what your memory does until you restart. If you find that it doesn't go back after you empty the trashcan, then just restart and it should go back. Let us know if it works. You're dealing with such little space that I wouldn't get too worried about it.
  3. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    Hard drive space is not memory. Memory is system RAM. You will have between 0.5 and 2Gb of memory.
  4. Afro1989 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 16, 2005
    I know, I always get those two confused, SORRY! The restart idea might work. I was just wondering how come whenever I download a wallpaper or something and then delete it, I don't get that amount of HD space back. Is there some cache that I must delete or something? Thnx.
  5. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    You haven't answered the question posed by D34th. Are you emptying your trash after you delete the file?

    Simply putting it in the trash doesn't give you any space back...the file is still there and can be retrieved from the trash if you want it again. You have to empty the trash in order to regain the space.
  6. Afro1989 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 16, 2005
    Yes, I'm not that much of a noob. (^_^) It goes straight to my desktop when I download it, I drag it to the trash, emtpy trash, and my HD space is still a little bit lower than it was before. I was just wondering if this has to do with there being a cache or copy made of it that goes to some unknown location. (^_^)

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