Deleting items from memory stick (to free space)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mpt-matthew, Dec 27, 2010.

  1. mpt-matthew macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2010
    If i delete a file from a memory stick- it does not free space.
    This is because the item has been moved to the trash and it hasn't been permanently deleted. If i want to free the space i need to empty my trash. If i dont want to empty my trash how can i delete a file from a memory stick to free space (permanently delete just 1 file)?

    Also (sort of linked) - how do i just delete 1 file from trash (empty just 1 file)?

    PS The reason i like to keep trash for a while just incase i need to restore a file, if i KNOW i will not need to restore it, then i want to permanently delete just that file.

  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    There is not a way to delete select files from the trash in OSX natively

    Your best bet is to create a Temp folder to hold those files and only put what you want to delete in the trash
  3. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

    Hal Itosis

    Feb 20, 2010

    If you were familiar with Terminal (and Unix), such tricks would be simple as tiddlywinks. For GUI alternatives, see that thread i linked to. [there are various "shredders" on the market... many are free. Also, there is something called AppleScript (and Automator), both built-into OSX —which allows users to construct such utilities.]

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