External Hard Drive Problem

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Ronin64, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. Ronin64 macrumors member

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    I have a external hard drive and I partitioned it for Time Machine and for backup of pics and such, but if I delete a file off the backup partition it won't free up space. The file will disappear from finder but the remaining space does not go up.
    Does anyone know whats wrong?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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  3. Ronin64 thread starter macrumors member

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    Oh, I did not know that external drives use the trash when attached.
    Thanks for the tip. :)
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    They have a hidden file on that drive that records stuff going into trash. That's why if you eject the drive, the trash icon on the Mac will show nothing in the trash, but as soon as you plug the external back in the trash will show something in it.
     

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