Trash Contents

luvskot

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jul 28, 2012
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Oklahoma
I'm really thankful for this forum, especially this Mac Basics and Help section. I got my first Mac three months ago, and there are definitely challenges in learing how to use it. Sometimes I feel like I'm a computer newbie.

There's something interesting going on with my trash contents. My habit in the past has always been to empty the trash as soon as I put something there. I'm not sure if that's the smartest thing to do, but I've always done it that ways. There's something unpleasant about an overflowing trash can...

Anyway...sometimes when I empty the trash (usually without looking at the contents) it shows as many as 1800 items which need to be removed. Now I KNOW I haven't put that much in, so where does this stuff come from? I'm thinking maybe some kind of routine maintenance procedure that happens when my computer is sleeping. It takes a long time to delete and so far it's been the only time I've heard fan noise on my Macbook Pro. Any ideas?
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
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Anyway...sometimes when I empty the trash (usually without looking at the contents) it shows as many as 1800 items which need to be removed. Now I KNOW I haven't put that much in, so where does this stuff come from? I'm thinking maybe some kind of routine maintenance procedure that happens when my computer is sleeping. It takes a long time to delete and so far it's been the only time I've heard fan noise on my Macbook Pro. Any ideas?
Have you tried looking at your trash contents before emptying, to see what items are there? There are many possibilities for what they can be.
 

iVikD

macrumors regular
Sep 11, 2011
227
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Spain
If you deleted an app or system folder, those usually contain hundreds of hidden files. Also, OSX and Windows keep hidden 'duplicates' (only weight about 4kb) of every file for faster searching, maybe those are getting deleted as well.
 

luvskot

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jul 28, 2012
17
0
Oklahoma
If you deleted an app or system folder, those usually contain hundreds of hidden files. Also, OSX and Windows keep hidden 'duplicates' (only weight about 4kb) of every file for faster searching, maybe those are getting deleted as well.
I'm curious. What happens when you delete the history and cookies from Safari? Are these files moved to the trash. If so, that may be part of it.:confused:
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
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756
I'm curious. What happens when you delete the history and cookies from Safari? Are these files moved to the trash. If so, that may be part of it.:confused:
No, they're deleted without appearing in the trash.