Flash Drive: Doesn't free up space when i move things to trash

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by sartajc, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. sartajc macrumors member

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    When I delete something from my flash drive on my mac, it doesn't actually free up any space and i have to format the entire disk with disk utility every time. isnt there an easier way?
     
  2. JHacker macrumors 6502

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    #2
    You need to empty the trash after you delete something...
     
  3. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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    even then, the files are still there . . . :eek:
     
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    You have to have the drive mounted when you empty the trash. ;)
     
  5. FJ218700 macrumors 68000

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    I was quoted why? ;)

    to the OP: if you want the files actually overwritten so they cannot be recovered, use "secure empty trash". That was what I was alluding to.
     
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