I Deleted a Huge Folder But Gained No Disk Space

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  1. gtr053 macrumors member

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    I deleted a folder that nearly summed up to be 50 GB worth of files. I simply dragged the folder over the trash can. Now, the trash can shows empty (I never emptied it and it never even showed full) and the folder isn't where it used to be. I searched for the folder in Spotlight and it apparently doesn't exist. But my hard drive's memory sure thinks so. I didn't get the 50 GB back. What happened?
     
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    You can also use Disk Inventory X to scan your HDD for big folders and files.
     
  4. gtr053 thread starter macrumors member

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    It wasn't an important folder. It was just my DVD collection that I ripped onto my MBP.
     
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    Maybe try to delete a small, unimportant file (like a downloaded disk image or pdf or whatever, and see if that shows up in the trash.
     
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    So it was a Temp folder ? Or did you actually name the folder ?


    Try re-booting if you actually named the folder.

    Or run some utilities.
     
  7. gtr053 thread starter macrumors member

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    Hmm. That didn't work either. I deleted a small flash document in the same manner. The file is gone, though.
     
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    I actually named it.
     
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    Re-boot and see if that shows more available disk space.
     
  10. gtr053 thread starter macrumors member

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    That worked. It sounds like solving a problem on a PC. The #1 answer to everything is reboot it. Lol. I've never had such a strange problem on my Mac, though. Thanks. :)
     
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    Cool. Glad that did it.

    I'd repair disk permissions now if I were you.
     
  12. gtr053 thread starter macrumors member

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    Already taken care of. ;) I couldn't help but noticed all of the AirPort permissions being repaired… Oh well. All is good.
     

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