Files moving self to Trash?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by DangerMouse6, Dec 14, 2014.

  1. DangerMouse6 macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2008
    This may sound silly but I can't wrap my head around it.

    I just got a new Mac. After setting it up, and adding a few of my applications I went to delete an app. I threw it in the trash, and noticed that about 600 photos were also in the trash. The photos had to have been from one of two external HDs that I plugged into the computer. However, the App was the first and only thing I've dragged to the trash since purchasing the computer. I never dragged anything from the external hard drives except for a backup file for Paperless 2.

    Not knowing why this happened, I took them out of trash and put them in a new folder on the desktop. With the trash emptied I searched some of the files in spotlight. Some of them were still in one of the HDs, some of them were in both, and some of them were in neither. But they absolutely had to be from one or the other. I can't make sense of why some stayed in the HD's and some did not. Or why they ended up in the trash in the first place.

    I ejected the HDs at some point, trying to figure out a rhyme or reason to it, and once plugged back in, all the files are back in the trash.

    The only thing I can think of is they were put into the trash on the old computer (would have never done this), but never emptied the trash before the computer crapped out on me. This marked the files as trash on the HDs. When I plugged them into the new computer it automatically stuck the files in its Trash.

    Only thing I can think of, but it still doesn't make sense as to 1) How they got there in the first place and 2)why some show up still in the HDs using spotlight, and some do not.

    Any ideas? Something silly I'm missing?
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    The Trash is a unified logical display of items that you intend to delete from any attached storage. If you Trash files on a drive that is attached to one computer and then move the drive to a different computer, then your Trashed files will appear in the Trash of the new computer. They will not disappear until you empty the Trash.
  3. DangerMouse6 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 27, 2008
    Thanks for the reply.

    So what would cause some of the files that ended up in the trash on the new computer to remain on the HDs, and some of the files NOT remain on the HDs?

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