Big problem with deleting files from external...

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Advil, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. Advil macrumors 6502a

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    Hey guys, I have a 500GB external Seagate HD that I have in two partitions, one for Time Machine and one for random media stuff. I was cleaning it out today and realized that when I delete things, it doesn't give me the space back on the hard drive. I've experienced this same problem with a USB drive that I use to transfer files from one computer to another, and it doesn't work unless I use disk utility to "Erase" the drive, then add what i need.

    I can't afford to erase the drive (not enough room to put it all on the MBP) and am starting to need my space back from the deleted files, how can I do this without ruining the files already on my partition?
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Dumb question but do you empty the trash when you're done deleting?
     
  3. scottness macrumors 65816

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    Excellent question. This simple step eludes a lot of people.
     
  4. Advil thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ....i'm so embarrassed...


    i had no idea that would matter! back on Windows (i recently converted) it deleted the file from the usb drive/external as soon as i hit delete.
     
  5. scottness macrumors 65816

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    No worries. I once replaced a printer I thought was broke--later found out that the paper cartridge was empty. Now THAT was embarrassing.
     

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