External HDD still showing files and folders after erase

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  1. 435713, Sep 21, 2012
    Last edited: Sep 21, 2012

    435713 macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2010
    I searched like mad and got no satisfactory easy to understand answers on this subject. Apparently it was everywhere but heck if I saw anything relevant so here goes:

    Formatted a g-tech mini external drive using disk utility (was done correctly)

    After format disk Utility reads at the bottom:
    14 folders, 88 files, 448.4MB used

    So what may that be? It was used as a time machine backup and also backing up other files, and I need a larger external and wanted to sell this one.

    Thanks in advance if I dont get a chance to thank the person for their time. It's appreciated. :eek:
  2. Knoodles macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2003
    Gone to the Beach
  3. 435713 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2010
    Good to know that, seems to be the norm for formats on all OS's but still kind of curious as to what that data is exactly. Prob will never know
  4. chown33 macrumors 604

    Aug 9, 2009
  5. 435713 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2010
    Thanks. You got the names down even haha nice.

    Kind of strange it doesn't delete everything on there, but I guess it is beyond my tech comprehension in this matter.

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