Really Easy Question That I Can't Figure Out -.-

Discussion in 'macOS' started by RealMadrid15, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. RealMadrid15 macrumors member

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    Why after reformatting my new Lacie Porsche Design external hard drive from FAT to Mac OS Extended (Journaled) it's not empty.

    It says in Disk Utility -

    Capacity - 499.76 GB
    Available - 499.32
    Used - 444.2 MB

    Number of Folders: 11
    Number of Files: 58

    Why...

    When I open it there's nothing there.
    Plus I reformatted it multiple times yet each time 448.2 MB of invisible stuff...

    What is this? How can I get rid of it?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Have you tried emptying the trash with the drive attached? Also, it could be hidden files.

    To show hidden files in Finder, enter the following two commands into a Terminal window (press enter after each line):
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles true
    killall Finder​
    To hide hidden files in Finder, enter the following two commands into a Terminal window (press enter after each line):
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles false
    killall Finder​

    Also, you may have better success in attracting responses to your thread, and you'll make your thread easier to find for those browsing the forum for the same answers, if you change your thread title to something more descriptive. To do so, click the "Edit" button on your original post, then click "Go Advanced" and you will see where to edit the thread title.
     
  3. RealMadrid15 thread starter macrumors member

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    K I did the show hidden files thing and there was stuff in my folder. What is it and why is it there even after a reformat. Here's the file names

    .com.apple.timemachine.donotpresent

    .ds_store

    And folders...

    .fseventsd
    .spotlight-v100
    .trashes (this folder has a downward blue arrow with a circle around it in the bottom right corner)
    and apparently I don't have permission to open the trashes folder even though I'm an administrator
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Just select all, move to trash, then empty the trash before you disconnect the drive. Some things may not delete, such as the .trashes folder. It should, however, empty.
     
  5. RealMadrid15 thread starter macrumors member

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  6. Drew017 macrumors 65816

    Drew017

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    It has to do with the option you selected when erasing your disk. Did you select slower? This will leave files on your disk. Notice that this disk has 60 files on it after erasing it.

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