Lately my Seagate external HDD I use for my macbook pro (still on 10.6.8) has been asking me this whenever I want to delete any file off of it: Are you sure you want to delete "(file/folder name)"? This item will be deleted immediately. You can't undo this action. Cancel/Delete This removes the deleted files permanently without going through the macbook's Trash, which I don't really have a huge problem with except it's annoying to keep being prompted every time I want to delete a file. (this only happens with files in the external HDD. files on my macbook's internal HDD delete normally) My main problem is that I have come across some files (only 2 specific files for now, but there may be more) that keep reappearing after I have clicked "Delete" to confirm. After confirmation, the file would appear to have been deleted successfully, only to reappear almost immediately in the same folder. After some tedious Googling I have tried "deleting" the ~/.Trash of the external HDD via Terminal; I'm not sure if I even did delete a trash folder, because I don't know if it existed before/anymore. What should I do to fix this problem? What is the cause of it anyway? I haven't done anything different to my HDD or dropped it. I have, however, recently tried disabling sleepimage on my macbook because cached files take up too much space on my computer if I use it after waking it up from sleep mode. I don't see how that would affect my external hard drive though, or could it?