Deleting Files off External - No Really How do I?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Rapmastac1, Aug 19, 2007.

  1. Rapmastac1 macrumors 65816

    Rapmastac1

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    Whenever I delete files off my external hard drive (or any usb drive for that matter) it doesn't really delete them, I can see the files still there in the hidden files view and the space is still taken up. It feels like deleting files off of a CD-RW, if I want my space back, I have to reformat the whole thing, which when you have 300 gigs, isn't something you really want to do just to get back a gig of space... I have heard of emptying the trash but this doesn't really seem to work... Any truth to this?
     
  2. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a

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    What do you mean by 'doesn't really seem to work'? The files get moved to a .Trash on the external... that part is normal.
     
  3. Mernak macrumors 6502

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    First, are you sure the external drive is either FAT32 of HFS+, sounds like it is but I figure that I may as well ask. dragging stuff from the HD to the trash and emptying the trash has always worked for me.
     
  4. comictimes macrumors 6502a

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    just empty the trash after you delete the files
     
  5. funkychunkz macrumors 6502a

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    If that part bugs you, you can always delete the .trash folder on the drive using the rm command in the terminal, than create a file (not a directory) called '.trash' to replace it. All subsequent deletes will present you with a warning that the files will be immediately erased.
     

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