Deleting items from memory stick (to free space)

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

  1. mpt-matthew macrumors regular

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    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.


    Thanks
     
  2. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    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

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    Bwahahahahahaha

    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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