Can't free space on Mac Mini by Deleting

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by marc.t.tremblay, Feb 23, 2015.

  1. marc.t.tremblay macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2015
    I have been unable to free up space on my startup disk. I deleted several GB of movies and they did not go to the trash bin so I assumed they were deleted. However, when I monitored the storage on the System Information panel, before and after deleting this movies I observed negligible change in storage space.

    Some other info:

    1. External Hard Drive was used with time machine before but time machine turned off and external hard drive removed
    2. trash emptied
    3. Restarted computer
    4. Drive verified in disk utility
  2. iMac5,1User macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2015
    New Jersey
    If you want to wipe everything from your HD/SSD use a restore disc or burn one. Go to disk utility during the install and do a fresh install. This will wipe everything on the HD/SSD besides OSX:apple::apple:
  3. eRondeau macrumors 65816


    Mar 3, 2004
    Canada's South Coast
    When you said you deleted several GB of movies, are you talking iMovie files or Quicktime -type movie files?
  4. marc.t.tremblay thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2015
    Quick time movie files and several other types of files. No I don't want to wipe everything off I just want to free up space as my startup disk is full.
  5. Gjwilly macrumors 68030

    May 1, 2011
    SF Bay Area
    You sure you didn't accidentally move them to an other folder?
    Normally they do go to the trash.
  6. marc.t.tremblay thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 23, 2015
    I'm sure I didn't move them to another folder. I dragged and dropped them to the trash and they did not appear in the trash.

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